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Safe & Healthy at Home During COVID-19

 
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.
 


Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

 

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Energy Assistance by NYC the Human Resources Administration Office
HEAP locations
HEAP Infoline 800-692-0557
Heat Line 212-331-3150
 

COVID-19 Update: ALL HEAP offices are temporary closed and all in person HEAP interviews will be temporarily suspended until further notice. Required interviews for any HEAP benefit component may be completed with applicants by telephone 212-331-3126.

 

Notificación COVID-19: Todas las oficinas HEAP están temporalmente cerradas y todas las entrevistas en persona serán temporalmente suspendidas hasta nueva orden. Las entrevistas requeridas para cualquier componente de beneficios ofrecidos por HEAP pueden ser realizadas por teléfono 212-331-3126.

 
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating or cooling their homes. HEAP runs different benefit programs that will pay for: fuel, your utility source, equipment, and/or repairs depending on your needs. As a household, you could either apply for regular or emergency HEAP benefits.
 
The eligibility criteria vary by program. Find about your eligibility in the Energy Assistance website.
 
Note: The application period for the regular and emergency HEAP benefit is extended through August 31, 2020 or until the funds allocated to these components are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
 
HEAP programs
 
Regular HEAP benefit: a one-time supplement to your annual energy costs. The base amount of money given depends on your living situation. Find more information here.
 
Emergency HEAP benefit: Emergency benefits are available if your heat has been turned off or is in danger of being turned off.
 
Cooling assistance: The Cooling Assistance benefit helps eligible households buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800. The program operates from May to August. Applicants are only eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit once every five years.
 
Utility Assistance Program (UAP) (once the link opens scroll down): UAP assists families or individuals who are elderly, blind, disabled, mentally impaired or those residing in a neglected or hazardous environment who require financial assistance for their energy bills. Contact the Heat Line if you are having trouble paying your utilities bill calling to 212-331-3150. Here are some other situations that may make you eligible for cash assistance.
 
To find more information about your eligibility visit the Energy Assistance website and apply.
 

El Programa de Asistencia para la Energía (HEAP por sus siglas en inglés) ayuda a personas con bajos ingresos a pagar el costo de la calefacción y/o refrescamiento de sus hogares. HEAP tiene diferentes programas de beneficios que pagarán por: combustible, fuente de electricidad, equipos y/o reparaciones dependiendo de su necesidad. Como familia, podrá aplicar para los beneficios regulares o de emergencia de HEAP.
 
Los criterios de elegibilidad varían por programa. Conoce si calificas entrando a la página de Energy Assistance.
 
Nota: El período de aplicación para beneficios regulares o de emergencia HEAP se ha extendido hasta el 31 de Agosto de 2020.

 
Updated on July 29, 2020


Get Cool NYC Air Conditioner Program (60+)

 
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Enrollment form
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This program is available to income-qualified adults aged 60 and older who receive certain benefits including but not limited to Medicaid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or live in subsidized housing.
 
See if you are eligible by completing an online eligibility form or by calling 3-1-1.
 
If you cannot access the form or have any trouble with it, you can call 3-1-1 and select the prompt for Get Cool NYC Program. A live agent will conduct the eligibility form over the phone.
 
After submitting the form, your information will be checked for eligibility. If you are eligible, you will get a follow-up call to enroll them in the program. Online forms that are left incomplete will not be considered. Ineligible New Yorkers will not be contacted.
 
If you are under 60, see the Cooling Assistance Program by the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) or call 212-331-3126 and get connected with an operator.
 


Cooling Centers

 

Cooling Centers: When the heat index, which is an estimate of how it feels when air temperature and humidity are combined, is predicted to be dangerously high, New York City opens cooling centers in air-conditioned facilities to offer people relief from the heat. If you are outside and feeling discomfort, find a cooling center near you. Check NYC’s daily heat index here.

Centros para Refrescarse: Cuando la predicción del índice de calor es alto, es decir, la estimación de que tanto calor se siente debido a la temperatura y humedad, la ciudad de Nueva York abre Centros para Refrescarse en recintos con aire acondicionado para que el público se alivie del calor. Encuentra Centros para Refrescarse cerca a ti. Revisa el indice diario de calor aquí.


Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

 
pehsu logoRegion 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
866-265-6201

 

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.
 
Services

• 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

 

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Spanish PEHSU brochure.
 
MAKE A REFERRAL

 

La Unidad Pediatrica Especializada en Salud Ambiental (PEHSU por sus siglas en inglés) es un centro de Excelencia en La Escuela de Medicina del Monte Sinaí que sirve a la población de Nueva Jersey, Nueva York, Puerto Rico, y las Islas Virgenes de EE.UU.
 
PEHSU se dedicada a proteger a los niños de peligros ambientales como la exposición crónica a bajos niveles de aire contaminado y agua, metales pesados, desencadenantes de asma como el moho, pesticidas, y químicos presentes en los productos de los consumidores.
 
Los servicios que ofrecen la unidad son: consultas con doctores de salud primaria, guia y consejos prácticos para reducir exposiciones a toxinas ambientales, y educación para profesionales de la salud y comunidad. Encuentre más información aquí.
 
SOLICITAR SERVICIOS

 
 


Environmental Pediatrics Clinic at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 
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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)
 
MAKE A REFERRAL
 


 

New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers

 
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NYSCEHC

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.
 

Prescriptions for Prevention: The NYSCEHC in collaboration with environmental pediatricians and partners created the “Prescriptions for Prevention”. The Rxs for Prevention provide guidance and advice for New York families to address common environmental health concerns such as safe disinfecting at home, lead, secondhand smoke, mold, and radon. Check them out here.

 


 

La misión de los Centros de Salud Ambiental para Niños del Estado de Nueva York (NYS CEHC por sus siglas en inglés) es prevenir, diagnosticar, y tratar condiciones de salud relacionadas con el ambiente en las familias del estado de Nueva York. NYS CEHC es el primer modelo estatal de servicios para la salud ambiental en niños en los EE.UU.
 
Las principales áreas de trabajo son: consultas clínicas, tamizaje de riesgos para la salud ambiental, educación de la comunidad.

 

Prescripciones para la Prevención: NYS CEHC en colaboración con pediatras especializados en salud ambiental creó las “Prescripciones para la Prevención”. Estas prescripciones brindan guías y consejos acerca de inquietudes en salud ambiental como desinfección más segura en el hogar, plomo, humo de segunda mano, moho, y radón. Accédalas aquí.

 


AIR-nyc

 

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AirNYC 
349 E 149th St #405 The Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 577-2794
 

COVID-19 update: AIR-nyc is providing virtual asthma education to all referred families. The agency is operating 100% remote and is not doing any home visits or IPM at this time.

 
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!
 
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Spanish AIR-nyc handout.

 

AIRnyc es una organización que ayuda a las familias para que se mantengan saludables, activas, y fuera del hospital a través de un mejor autocuidado. Trabajadores de Salud Comunitarios visitan las familias en sus hogares para ayudar a niños y adultos mantenerse saludables y fuera del hospital. Los Trabajadores de Salud Comunitarios hablan inglés, español, francés, susu y mandingo. Encuentre más información en esta hoja informacional.

 
 


LSA Family Health Service

 
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333 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029
(646) 672-5254

 
For East Harlem families (zip codes 10029, 10035).
 

COVID-19 update: LSA is doing virtual home asthma visits to all eligible families. The CHW will call the family to set up a session using a video conference platform of their choice. During the first session, the CHW will provide asthma education and also virtually assess the apartment for environmental triggers.
 
If any environmental triggers are present the CHW will coach the family on how to reduce them.
The CHW can reach out to the landlords on behalf of the family if there is a condition like mold or severe water damage in the home.
 
LSA is still providing mattress covers and other material to families; families just have to come to the LSA building to pick them up.

 
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.
 
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Spanish LSA Family Health Service Home Visit handout.
 

El programa de salud ambiental gratuita de la organización LSA ayuda a familias a identificar y reducir los desencadenantes de asma en su hogar. Cuando acuerde una cita para una visita gratis a su casa, LSA proveerá sin costo educación para el control del asma y un plan para el control de plagas (cucarachas, ratones, moho, chinches, y otros). Los trabajadores de salud comunitarios hablan inglés y español. Aprenda mas acerca del programa en esta hoja informacional. Para servicios de salud para la familia, contacte el programa de asma al (646) 672-5254.

 
 


 

NYC Healthy Neighborhoods Program

 
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COVID-19 Update: Stay Healthy While Staying Home. New Yorkers are spending more time at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have asthma, be aware of asthma triggers (PDF) in your home and how to avoid them.
The Healthy Neighborhoods Program is not inspecting homes at this time, but it is accepting referrals from health care providers through the Citywide Immunization Registry and by fax (PDF). We will schedule appointments when inspections resume. More info here.

 
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.

 

El Programa de Vecinos Saludables (HNP por sus siglas en inglés) ayuda a niños y adultos con asma identificando desecandenantes en el hogar y la manera de evitarlos. El programa ofrece evaluaciones gratis a personas diagnosticadas con asma persistente por el doctor.
 
Para obtener una evaluación del hogar, el doctor debe haberlo remitido al programa HNP.
 
Imprima esta hoja de remisión y entréguela a su doctor en su próxima visita médica.

 

NYC Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention

 
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NYC Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention

Offers services for families affected by lead poisoning (including home visits) and resources for healthcare providers caring for children and pregnant women.

 

El Centro De Prevención Para la Intoxicación Por Plomo del Departamento de Salud de Nueva York brinda servicios visitas de evaluación a familias afectadas por la intoxicación por plomo. El centro también ofrece recursos para profesionales de la salud que brindan atención a niños y mujeres embarazadas.

 


Lead Treatment and Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

 
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3415 Bainbridge Avenue Bronx, NY 10467
(718) 547-2789

LeadProgram@montefiore.org

 
The Regional Lead Treatment and Prevention Center at Montefiore offers to patients a combination 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:

     

  • Patient’s last blood lead level
  • Housing information on any recent renovations or alterations
  • Any Department of Health or Department of Housing inspection reports
  • Other information related to possible sources of exposure
  • Physician referral document

 

El Centro Regional de Tratamiento y Prevención para el Plomo en Montefiore brinda a pacientes una combination de intervenciones ambientales, nutricionales y medicas, incluyendo terapias de quelacion hospitalarias de acuerdo al grado de intoxicacion por plomo.
 
Cuando asista al Hospital de Niños de Montefiore por una cita, por favor traiga lo siguiente:
 
-Resultados de plomo del niño
-Información de renovaciones o trabajos recientes en la vivienda
-Inspecciones de vivienda realizadas por el departamento de salud
-Otro tipo de información relacionada con posibles fuentes de exposición
-El documento de remisión del pediatra

 


 

Mold Issues

 
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Prescriptions for Prevention
 
Access resources that address the most common questions we get from parents when mold is found in a home or school.
 
Visit https://nyscheck.org/mold/
 


Mold Busters at NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority)

 
Mold and Leak Ombudsperson Call Center (OCC)

718-707-7771
 

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

 
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New York State Smoking Quit Line

(866) 697-8487

 

 

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

 

 

 


 

Child Safety Booklet

 
Take Good Care of Your Baby Website
 
The Administation of Child Services of NYC put together a child safety booklet that gives parents and caregivers tips on how to avoid some of the most common and dangerous child and infant-related injuries, including window falls, drowning, shaken baby syndrome, and unintended poisonings in the home.
 
The booklet is available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.
 


Window Guards, Car Seat Safety, Carbon Monoxide, etc.

 
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Healthy Homes program: The NYC Department of Health provides extensive information on important home health and safety issues including carbon monoxide, hazardous products, and pest control. Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/healthy-home.page 

 


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Window Guards: For families with young children living in or visiting one’s home, the landlord is usually required to install window guards. Call 311 for more information or to lodge a complaint. To obtain information on installing window guards or a copy of the law or educational materials, call 311 or visit the website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/window-guards.page

 



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Carbon Monoxide poisoning: Most homes and residential buildings in NYC City are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in the sleeping areas. If you rent, the building owner is responsible for installing approved carbon monoxide detectors, and residents are responsible for regularly testing detectors to make sure they work and replacing the batteries.

Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/carbon-monoxide.page

 


FAVPNG_car-seat-belt-safety-child_d3YP3DNJCar seat safety: Get a free car seat safety fitting by a trained technician from the Department of Transit (DOT): https://www1.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/car-safety.

Check the NYC DOT Events Calendar for upcoming fittings, or call 212-839-4750 to arrange a free inspection at a DOT Child Car Seat Fitting Station.
 


Poison Control Center

 

logo_poisoncontrol_lgPoison Control Center in New York City

(800) 222-1222

 

 

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.

 

El Centro de Toxicología de la ciudad de Nueva York ofrece ayuda instantánea a padres de familia quienes sospechan que su hijo ha sufrido una intoxication.
 
Si alguien potencialmente estuvo expuesto a un tóxico o veneno, y está consciente y alerta, llame al Centro de Toxicología inmediatamente aún si la persona no presenta síntomas de envenenamiento.
Para tóxicos ingeridos no haga que la persona vomite. Si la persona está inconsciente, convulsiona, o tiene problemas para respirar llame al 911.