The Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) is a primary prevention program providing public health services to targeted geographic areas with a high rate of documented unmet environmental health needs.
HNP staff provides education, literature and incentives to residents to assist in identifying and methods to control lead hazards, asthma triggers and management, tobacco cessation, indoor air quality, fire safety and other healthy homes issues. Currently this program runs only in the City of Newburgh, census tracts 3, 4 and 5, the City of Middletown census tracts 11, 12 and 14 and the City of Port Jervis.
How can I create a healthy environment for my family?
Please review the links below to help your family have a healthy living environment.
Asthma is a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. It can limit a person’s quality of life. While we don’t know why asthma rates are rising, we do know that most people with asthma can control their symptoms and prevent asthma attacks by avoiding asthma triggers and correctly using prescribed medicines, such as inhaled corticosteroids.
The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009. From 2001 through 2009 asthma rates rose the most among black children, almost a 50% increase. Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007. About 1 in 12 people (about 25 million) have asthma, and the numbers are increasing every year. About 1 in 2 people (about 12 million) with asthma had an asthma attack in 2008, but many asthma attacks could have been prevented.