Environmental Health experts have put together some recommendations for keeping your family healthy at home, along with links to other accurate information and useful resources at https://nyscheck.org/covid.
Learn how to keep your home safe and healthy with Dr. Nicholas Newman from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Español: Aprende cómo mantener tu casa segura y saludable con Dr. Nicholas Newman del Hospital de Niños en Cincinnati.
Search EPA’s list of products for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 here.
Español: Busca la lista de productos aprobados por la EPA para eliminar SARS-CoV-2, el virus que ocasiona COVID-19 aquí.
Offers instant help if the parent is worried a child has been exposed to a poison: (800) 222-1222
If someone has been potentially exposed to a poison and is awake and alert, you should call the NYC Poison Control Center immediately, even if there are no symptoms of poisoning. For ingested poisons, do not try to make the person throw up. If the person is unconscious, convulsing, having seizures or having trouble breathing call 911.
The Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) is a Center of Excellence at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
PEHSU is dedicated to protecting children from environmental hazards, and improving awareness of children’s health issues, especially chronic, low-level exposures to air and water pollution, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, asthma triggers such as mold, pesticides, and chemicals in consumer products.
• Consultations with primary care doctors and allied health professionals on the medical management of environmentally related diseases in their patients
• Guidance and practical advice to reduce exposures to environmental toxins
• Education and outreach activities to healthcare professionals and communities
Environmental Pediatrics Clinic at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The clinic provides outpatient clinical evaluations and coordinated services for children with known or suspected exposures to environmental toxins (such as lead, mercury, environmental asthma triggers).
Español: El centro ambulatorio provee evaluaciones de consulta externa y coordinación de servicios para niños con exposiciones presuntas o conocidas a toxinas ambientales (como el plomo, mercurio y desencadenantes de asma)
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One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1057
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY 10029
The mission of NYS CEHC (or “NYSCHECK”) is to prevent, diagnose, and treat environmentally related conditions for families across New York State, and is the first state-based model for pediatric environmental health services in the country.
Main areas of work: clinical consultations, screening families for environmental health hazards, education and training to the healthcare community, promote programs and policies to protect children, community partnerships.
349 E 149th St #405 The Bronx, NY 10451
AIRnyc is a non-profit organization that helps families stay healthy, active, and out of the hospital through better self-management. Community Health Workers visit families at home to help children and adults with asthma stay healthy and out of the hospital. They speak English, Spanish, French, Susu, and Mandingo. Ask your doctor for a referral to AIRnyc. Home visits appointments are available from Mondays to Saturdays!
Spanish AIR-nyc handout.
333 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029
For East Harlem families (zip codes 10029, 10035).
The free environmental health program by the LSA Family Health Services helps identify and reduce the asthma triggers in your home with a free home visit. When you agree to an appointment with a home visit, LSA will provide advocacy, education and a plan to control pests in your home (cockroaches, mice, mold, bed bugs, and others) in affiliation with other organizations for an integrated pest management (IPM) strategy. At LSA, community health workers are bilingual and can speak English and Spanish. To sign up for services contact the Asthma Program at (646) 672-5254. Remember that the Asthma Home Visit appointments are available from Monday to Friday.
LSA Family Health Service Home Visit handout.
Spanish LSA Family Health Service Home Visit handout.
The NYC Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) can help children and adults with asthma by identifying asthma triggers in their home and finding ways to avoid them. HNP provides free home assessments to children and adults diagnosed with persistent asthma by a health care provider. If the HNP staff find environmental asthma triggers or other home health hazards, the program will work with building owners to correct the problems.
To get a home assessment a health care provider should have referred you to HNP.
You can print out this Asthma Referral Form (PDF) and give it to your health care provider during your next visit. More information here.
Offers services for families affected by lead poisoning (including home visits) and resources for healthcare providers caring for children and pregnant women.
The Regional Lead Treatment and Prevention Center at Montefiore offers to patients a combinacion of educational, environmental, nutritional, and medical interventions, including in-hospital chelation therapy according to the degree of lead poisoning.
When coming to the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore for an appointment, please bring:
To report mold or a leak in your apartment and initiate the Mold Busters process, call the Customer Contact Center (CCC) at 718-707-7771 or use the MyNYCHA app.
Do not call the OCC unless you have first contacted NYCHA regarding a particular mold or leak problem and are dissatisfied with NYCHA’s performance.
The Court has appointed César de Castro as the Ombudsperson to consider complaints from Residents if NYCHA fails to comply with that order. Mr. de Castro will address NYCHA residents’ complaints about leak, mold and excess moisture repair orders. Find more information here.
New York State Smoking Quit Line provides free support to individuals who are interested in tobacco cessation: https://www.nysmokefree.com/ or call (866) NY-QUITS (866) 697-8487