05 Dec

Breathing Easier

Environmental Health Services - Family

Yazmin’s family had no furniture in their one-room apartment, only a single mattress leaning against the wall.  Her baby suffered from lead exposure, and her oldest son had bad allergies and Asthma symptoms due to the poor conditions of the apartment.

In East Harlem, health conditions due to poor housing are all too common. The rates of emergency room visits related to childhood asthma are disproportionately higher in East Harlem compared to other communities.

To help families breathe easier, Community Health Workers from LSA  work closely with families to improve the conditions of their homes and advocate with landlords to make needed repairs.

“LSA has been focused on the asthma issue for over a decade,” explained our Program Director, Ray Lopez in a 2015 Dateline NBC special on asthma called Breathless. “We’ve been working hands-on with families at home to eliminate mold, pests and toxins so they can breathe again.”

Rosario, one of LSA’s skilled Community Health Workers, made regular visits with Yazmin to improve the air quality in her apartment.  LSA provided the family with a new bed, play pen and storage bins. The family was also loaned a HEPA vacuum cleaner and provided integrated pest management, including vacuuming, cleaning, and sealing cracks and holes.

Today, the environmental asthma triggers are under control, the health of the children has improved and Yazmin and her family have a new, more positive outlook for the future.

“The situation was very sad when I met her, but now to see the smile on her face is all I need,” Rosario said.

“We’re very happy,” Yazmin said, describing how her son’s asthma has improved.  “He used to have a lot of problems, a lot of allergies.  Little Sisters really helped to improve our quality of life and the quality of life of our children.”

A 2017 report published by the New York Academy of Medicine described the impact of our program in reducing childhood asthma symptoms. Learn more.

LSA relies on the support of individuals to continue to providing services like this to families facing challenges to their health and well-being.

Help us make a difference and make a donation today.


27 Sep

LSA’s Nia Jones in ‘What Creates Health’ Exhibit

What Creates Health?

September 24, 2016 – LSA community health worker Nia Jones, was featured in an art exhibit on health workers at What Creates Health: a Community Conversation. The event brought activists, artists, performers and local community organizations together to talk about how we can define what shapes health in our communities.

Nia was one of a handful of community health workers included in the exhibit aimed at sharing their experiences.  What Creates Health was hosted by the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene and was held at Hostos Community College.

The caption for the photographs of Nia read:

Nia works with families who often express feeling unsafe and trapped in their community, without access to information or resources.  She uses her personal experiences to understand the community and organizes for community empowerment and social change.

Nia’s lens on this work…

“We do amazing work as CHWs but we are so busy doing it that we never have a chance to reflect on the work we do with families.  I would like to see a ‘summit’ with CHWs from all over New York City.  Someone doing CHW work in Brooklyn has a different view than I do in East Harlem or the Bronx.  Anything that is stating a conversation about a broader vision, I would like to be a part of it.”

Nia Jones
Nia Jones
What Creates Health?
05 Aug

Community CookShop

Community CookShop – cooking and nutrition workshop for LSA families. Families will learn how to shop smart and prepare nutritious and affordable meals.  Community CookShop is offered in partnership with Food Bank for NYC.

26 May

Health Insurance Enrollment with LHNH/Aplicaciones a Seguro de Salud


Consejeros certificados de la organización Lenox Hill Neighborhood House proveerán ayuda para completar aplicaciones a seguro de salud y a Medicaid de Emergencia.

¡Podemos ayudarle con la aplicación!

CUÁNDO: 26 de mayo de 9AM a 12PM

                    2, 9, 23 y 30 de junio; 7, 14, y 28 de julio de 9AM a 12PM
DÓNDE: En la sala de espera del primer piso de Las Hermanitas



Certified counselors from Lenox Hill Neighborhood House will provide assistance to complete applications for health insurance as well as Emergency Medicaid.

We can help you apply!

WHEN: May 26 from 9AM to 12PM

               June 2, 9, 23 and 30; July 7, 14, and 28 from 9 AM to 12PM
WHERE: Little Sisters of the Assumption’s first floor waiting area