Healthy Neighborhoods Program

In the News: New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program - Saving Lives, Saving Money

Studies confirm that the program improves asthma outcomes for low-income New Yorkers

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 27, 2017) A longstanding program run by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is helping people with asthma achieve better health, while also saving money and improving household conditions, according to three published studies by the NYSDOH and the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) in Columbia, MD. Read more

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The New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program: Findings From an Evaluation of a Large-Scale, Multisite, State-Funded Healthy Homes Program

An Evaluation of a State-Funded Healthy Homes Intervention on Asthma Outcomes in Adults and Children

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of a State-Funded Healthy Homes Program for Residents With Asthma: Findings From the New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program

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The New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) seeks to reduce the burden of housing related illness and injury through a holistic, healthy homes approach. The program provides in-home assessments and interventions for asthma, tobacco cessation, indoor air quality, lead, fire safety, and other environmental health hazards in selected communities throughout New York. The program targets housing in high-risk areas that are identified using housing, health, and socioeconomic indicators from census and surveillance data. The HNP uses a combination of door-to-door canvassing (roughly 67 percent of visits) and referrals (32 percent of visits) to reach residents in these high-risk areas. During a visit, the home is assessed for environmental health and safety issues. For problems or potential hazards identified during the visit, an outreach worker provides education (written and verbal), referrals and products to help residents correct or reduce housing hazards related to:

  • tobacco control
  • fire safety
  • lead poisoning prevention
  • indoor air quality
  • carbon monoxide poisoning
  • radon
  • ventilation and odors
  • temperature and humidity
  • cleaning and clutter
  • pests
  • mold/mildew and moisture
  • structural issues
  • asthma
  • other health and safety issues (e.g., injury prevention)

About 22 percent of homes receive an optional revisit. Revisits are typically scheduled 3-6 months after the initial visit. During a revisit, the home is reassessed and any new or ongoing problems or hazards are addressed.

What Counties Participate?

Eighteen counties and New York City are currently funded to provide services to residents in target neighborhoods. Services vary in each county. To learn more about who is eligible to participate or what services are available in each county, visit your county's website:

County Email / Contact Information Website
Albany Nancy Lerner
(518) 765-3521
Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Broome (607) 778-2847 Broome County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
(315) 252-4212
Cayuga County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Clinton (518) 565-4870 Clinton County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
(518) 828-3358, option #3
Columbia County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Cortland (607) 428-5410 Cortland County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Erie (716) 961-6800 Erie County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Monroe (585) 753-5070 or
(585) 753-5073
Monroe County Healthy Neighborhood Program
New York City
(646) 632-6023
New York City Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Niagara (716) 439-7479 Niagara County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Oneida (315) 798-5414 or
(315) 798-5064
Oneida County Health Department Healthy Neighborhoods Program
(315) 435-5431 or
(315) 435-6600
Onondaga County Health Department Healthy Neighborhood Program
Orange (845) 568-5257 or
(845) 568-5237
Orange County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Rensselaer (518) 765-3512 Rensselaer County Healthy Neighborhood Program
Rockland (845) 364-3292 or
(845) 364-3290
The Healthy Neighborhood Program of the Rockland County Department of Health
(518) 386-2818
Schenectady County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Tioga Lisa McCafferty, R.S., MPH
(607) 687-8600
Tioga County Public Health Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Tompkins (607) 274-6688 Tompkins County Health Department Healthy Neighborhoods Program
Westchester (914) 813-5059 Westchester County Healthy Neighborhoods Program