24 Aug

Is Your Home Safe? WEACT Forum

Healthy Homes

Join LSA at the WEACT Community Forum on healthy homes.

Message from Zelene Pineda Suchilt, WE ACT Bilingual Community Organizer:

No issue is more pertinent than housing in our city today. As Northern Manhattan residents brace themselves for rezoning and ongoing gentrification, we must remind our elected leaders that affordable and healthy homes are human rights. Please join us next Wednesday, August 24 from 6pm-8pm at El Taller Latino (215 E 99th St) for a night of workshops and solidarity in East Harlem, dinner will be served.  RSVP here.

Throughout East Harlem, landlords are using repairs or construction as a means to drive out tenants, exposing them to toxins, lead dust, dangerous leaks, mold and vermin. These illegal methods leave low income families of color susceptible to health issues, such as asthma and displacement.

Find out if you live in a healthy home, what causes asthma and how to make your own toxic-free cleaning products. Community leaders will discuss environmental justice, rezoning, the movement for healthy housing and how you can be part of the change!

No hay tema más pertinente que la de viviendas en nuestra ciudad hoy en día. Los residentes de alto Manhattan se preparan para rezonificación y la gentrificación ya en marcha, asimismo tenemos que recordarles a nuestros oficiales electos que hogares asequibles y seguros son derechos humanos. Unase con nosotros el Miércoles, 24 de Agosto de 6pm a 8pm en el Taller Latino (215 E 99th St) para una noche de talleres y solidaridad en el Este de Harlem, tendremos y cena y servicios de traducción disponible. Inscribase aquí.

Alrededor del Este de Harlem los arrendadores están usando las reparaciones y construcción para expulsar inquilinos, exponiéndose a toxinas, polvo de plomo, fugas peligrosas, moho y bichos. Estas tácticas son ilegales, dejando a familias de bajo recursos y de color susceptibles a problemas de salud, como el asma y el desplazamiento.

Averigüe si usted vive en un hogar sano, lo que causa el asma y cómo hacer sus propios productos de limpieza sin tóxicos. Líderes comunitarios discutirán la justicia ambiental, la rezonificación, el movimiento por una vivienda saludable y cómo puede ser parte del cambio!

30 Oct

Environmental Justice: Reducing Asthma Triggers

LSA’s Ray López and Amanda López are co-authors of a recent article on reducing childhood asthma triggers in public housing.  As reported in the journal Environmental Justice, children with asthma living in low-income, urban public housing had significantly fewer visits to the emergency department (ED), less use of rescue medication, and less disrupted sleep with a program that combines home repairs to reduce asthma triggers, training, and comprehensive care, called Controlling Asthma Through Home Remediation.

Reducing Childhood Asthma Triggers in Public Housing: Implementation and Outcomes from an East Harlem Community Health Worker Program

López Ray, Chantarat Tongtan, Bozack Anne, López Amanda, and Weiss Linda. Environmental Justice. October 2015, 8(5): 185-191. doi:10.1089/env.2015.0017.

Published in Volume: 8 Issue 5: October 22, 2015


There are significant disparities in asthma prevalence and management in New York City (NYC). Children living in the low income, largely minority neighborhood of East Harlem are almost 13 times more likely to have an asthma related emergency department visit compared to children on the Upper East Side, an adjacent high income neighborhood. The disparities in asthma prevalence and control are in part attributable to environmental conditions, including housing, which in low-income communities is often poorly maintained, resulting in mold, pests, and other asthma triggers. Controlling Asthma through Home Remediation (CAHR), a program of LSA Family Health Service (LSAFHS), offers remediation and repair, training, and comprehensive case management to East Harlem families that have children with severe and/or persistent asthma and live in NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing. Preliminary findings, based on pre-post assessments of 60 CAHR children, include statistically significant reductions in nighttime awakenings, emergency department visits, and rescue medication use. There were reductions in daytime asthma symptoms and improvements in household conditions; however, they were not statistically significant. Recognizing the limited reach of individual level services, LSAFHS also advocates for system-wide changes across NYCHA. Citing the Americans with Disabilities Act and its relevance to individuals with asthma, LSAFHS, in partnership with other community-based organizations and public interest attorneys, reached a settlement with NYCHA in 2013 that resulted in policy changes mandating expedited repairs of leaks, mold, and related issues. Monitoring the impact of these changes is ongoing. A hope is for replication of advocacy efforts in other cities.

Read the full article on Environmental Justice

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