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EPA: Pesticides

 
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Learn about pesticides, ingredients, how you can protect your children’s health and the environment, and more. Visit epa.gov/pesticides for information.
 
Updated on June 9, 2021
 


Find Public Parks & Recreation Centers

 
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311 | 212-NEW-YORK outside the five boroughs
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Being outside and playing in nature is very important for the healthy development of children!
 
Eligibility
All New Yorkers and visitors!
 
Services
Kids Events: nycgovparks.org/events/kids
Learning Hub: nycgovparks.org/learn
Ranger Programs: nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers
Kids in Motion and more: nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/kids-in-motion
 
How to Find Programs
— Visit nycgovparks.org/parks and click “Search by Location and/or Facilities” to tailor your search to your zip code, borough, or recreational interest
— Locate recreational centers at https://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/recreationcenters
 
Other parks in New York City: In addition to City parks, the five boroughs of New York also possess beautiful state and national parks, waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Get to know where they are and discover beaches, piers, museums, and landmark attractions! Go to https://www.nycgovparks.org/park-features/other-parks-in-nyc.
 
Updated on March 28th, 2021
 


Safer Personal Care Products App by EWG

 
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While shopping, use the Environmental Working Group (EWG) “Healthy Living” database to select safer products for your and your children. Visit ewg.org/skindeep (or download the app on your phone).
 
Learn more about safe personal care products at nyscheck.org/RXP/NYS/rx_english_PersonalCareInfant_NYS_PDF_WEB.pdf
 
Updated on March 28, 2021
 

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.


Mold Issues

 
RX-for-Prevention-Logo300-removebg-previewNew York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers
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 “Mold” by the New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers.
 
Watch the video “How to deal with mold”
 

Accede a información que responde a las preguntas más frecuentes de los padres acerca del moho en el hogar o la escuela.
 
Visita “Moho” de los Centros de Pediatría Ambiental Para Niños del Estado de Nueva York.
 
Ve el video “Cómo Eliminar el Moho de Manera Segura”.


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.

 


 

National Pesticide Information Center

 
npic-logo-horiz-hiNPIC
(800) 858-7378 Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
npic@ace.orst.edu

 
NPIC provides objective, science-based information about pesticides and pesticide-related topics to enable people to make informed decisions about pesticides and their use. NPIC is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 
NPIC does not make recommendations. But, they can certainly shed some light on the path to effective pest control. Contact NPIC by calling (800) 858-7378 Mon-Fri 11am-3pm or send a message to npic@ace.orst.edu.


Home Water Assistance Program

 
nyc311-logoHome Water Assistance Program Website
Department of Environmental Protection
311
 
If you’re an eligible low-income homeowner, you can get an annual, non-refundable credit of $115.89 through the Home Water Assistance Program (HWAP). You do not have to enroll in the Home Water Assistance Program.
 
If you’re an eligible homeowner, you will automatically get a credit on your water and sewer account. A credit for $115.89 will appear on the first DEP bill received after the credit is applied. The transaction will be labeled “NYC Home Water Assistance Credit.”
 
Call 311 for assistance.
 
Learn if you qualify here.
 
Updated on September 2, 2020
 


Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)


The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federal government program that pays healing and cooling bills for low-income renters or homeowners. Although HEAP can help you with your annual energy costs, it is not meant to cover all of your payments.

It’s important that you continue to pay your energy bills as usual.
 
Through several program components, HEAP provides people with cash benefits to:
— Help pay heating and electricity bills every month 2 (HEAP Regular)
— Get a window- or portable- air conditioner (AC) – (Cooling Assistance)
— An emergency cash benefit to help pay bills when utilities are about to be turned off (HEAP Emergency)
— Cash to clean hot equipment – (Clean and Tune)
— Cash to help fix or replace hot or cold equipment – (HERR)
 


Regular HEAP

HEAP Regular is a monthly benefit with a determined cash amount to help pay your electricity bills.

The amount of cash benefit you will receive depends on your household’s income, the number of people in your household, and whether heat and utilities are included in your rent or paid separately. If you pay your electricity provider directly, you may receive cash or credit from them, and New York State will reimburse the provider.
 
To be eligible for the HEAP Regular program:
 
— Someone in your family is a citizen or qualified non-citizen of the United States (lawful permanent resident; refugee; asylee; battered spouse and children; victim of trafficking; or individual from certain countries), AND
— Your monthly income from all sources, like returns, discounts, and allowances before taking out any costs or taxes for your family, is at or below the current income guidelines for the size of your family, AND
— You get assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP,) OR
— You are given temporary assistance (TA), OR
– Your Social Security Income (SSI) code is A, which means you receive additional funds for living alone.
 
Find the most current income guidelines at access.nyc.gov/programs/home-energy-assistance-program-heap/#determine-your-eligibility.
 
**HEAP regular applications usually begin in November**
 
Apply Online
Create a Human Resource Administration (HRA) account and start your application at a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra. The HEAP application form is also available at www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/heap_application.pdf. **Your name must be on the electricity bill to get the benefit**
 
For instructions on how to fill out the HEAP Regular benefit application form, go to page 2 of this PDF www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/heap_application.pdf. After you send in your application, you may be called for a phone interview to determine your eligibility.
 
Apply in Person
You can apply in person by going to an HRA Benefits Access Center or a community outreach location near you otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/default.asp?county=New%20York%20City#result.

 

Regular HEAP Resources

— ConEdison Financial Assistance: You may qualify for a discount on your monthly energy bill if you receive benefits from the following eligible governmental assistance program. Learn more at www.coned.com/en/accounts-billing/payment-plans-assistance/help-paying-your-bill
 
NYC Utility Assistance Programs and Resources: www.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/services/nyc-utility-assistance-programs.pdf
 
HEAP Regular Application Form: www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/energy_assistance/LDSS-3421.pdf
 
Documents to Support Qualifying Requirements: www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/energy_assistance
 
Tracking of Application Status: a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra
 
Energy Saving Tips by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA): www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residents-and-Homeowners/At-Home/Energy-Saving-Tips
 
**Certain types of income, including loans, reimbursement for employment or medical expenses, foster care payments, and earned income tax credits, are not considered in determining eligibility for HEAP. Also, assets are not considered eligible for HEAP.**

 


Emergency HEAP Benefit

Emergency HEAP assists if your utilities or heat are about to be turned off or have been turned off for nonpayment. The amount of emergency HEAP depends on the size of the home and the emergency.

You may be eligible for an Emergency HEAP benefit if:
 
— The heating and/or electric bill is in your name, AND
— Your household’s available resources are:
—less than $2,500 OR
—less than $3,750 if any member of your household is age 60 or older or under age 6.
AND
— Your household’s total monthly income is at or below the current income guides for your household size as posted in the table below, OR
— You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, OR
— You receive Temporary Assistance (TA), OR
— You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Living Alone
 
Apply Over the phone
Agency: Human Resources Administration (HRA), (718) 557-1399.
Business Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call staff during business hours and get assistance in most languages.
 
Apply in Person
You can apply in person at an HRA Benefits Access Center or a community outreach location near you otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts.

 

HEAP Emergency Resources

HEAP Emergency Application Form: www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/energy_assistance/LDSS-3421.pdf.

 


Cooling Assistance

The Cooling Assistance benefit provides you with a window air conditioner or fan and pays for its purchase and installation. Applicant families will only get one air conditioner or fan. The maximum amount that will be approved is $800, and $1,000 for an existing wall sleeve unit.

 
This benefit covers the cost of the air conditioner or fan, administrative costs, labor, program support, materials, removal of your old unit, and minor repairs needed to safely install the new unit.
 
**Cooling Assistance Benefit applications open in April**
 
To be eligible for the cooling assistance benefit, a member of your household must:
— Be a United States Citizen or Qualified Non-Citizen (lawful permanent resident; refugee; asylee; battered spouse and children; victim of trafficking; or individual from certain countries), AND
— Have at least one individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by extreme heat (this must be verified in writing by a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner), OR
— Be a vulnerable member based on their age (elderly aged 60 years or older, or young children under age 6),
AND
— You currently do not have a working air conditioner, or the air conditioner you have is five years old or older, AND
— You did not receive a HEAP air conditioner within the past five years, AND
— Your household’s monthly income from all sources, like returns, discounts, and allowances before taking out any costs or taxes for your family is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size https://access.nyc.gov/programs/cooling-assistance-benefit/#determine-your-eligibility, AND
— You receive any of these benefits: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Temporary Assistance (TA), or Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone).
 
Apply Online
Create a Human Resource Administration (HRA) account and start your application at a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra. After you send in your application, you may be called for a phone interview to determine your eligibility.
 
Apply in Person
You can apply in person by going to an HRA Benefits Access Center or a community outreach location near you https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/default.asp?county=New%20York%20City#result.
 

Cooling Assistance Resources

HEAP Cooling Application: www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/energy_assistance/HEAP%20COOLING%20APPLICATION.pdf
 
Clinician Letter Templates to Document Medical Conditions: nyscheck.org/clinician_letters
 
Summer Energy Saving Tips: www.energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips
 
NYC Utility Assistance Programs and Resources: www.nyc.gov/assets/hpd/downloads/pdfs/services/nyc-utility-assistance-programs.pdf
 
HEAP Benefits by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance OTDA: otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#cooling-assistance

 


Clean and Tune Benefit

The Clean and Tune benefit is a state program that pays for cleaning your home’s primary heating equipment. It may also include chimney cleaning, minor repairs, and the installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats.

Benefit amounts are based on the cost of providing Clean and Tune services, up to a maximum of $500.
 
You may be eligible for the clean and tune benefit if:
 
— You are the homeowner
— Your household’s monthly income from all sources, like returns, discounts, and allowances before taking out any costs or taxes for your family is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size https://access.nyc.gov/programs/cooling-assistance-benefit/#determine-your-eligibility,
— Your primary heating equipment is more than 12 months old
— Your primary heating equipment or chimney has not been cleaned within the last 12 months
— You do not have a service contract with your vendor that includes clean and tune services
 
Apply Online
Agency: Human Resources Administration (HRA), (718) 557-1399.
Business Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call staff during business hours and get assistance in most languages.
 
Apply in Person
You can apply in person by going to an HRA Benefits Access Center or a community outreach location near you otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/default.asp?county=New%20York%20City#result.
 
For information on how to apply, call 718-557-1399.

 

Clean and Tune Benefit Resources

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Benefits Access Center Locations: www.nyc.gov/site/hra/locations/home-energy-assistance-program.page
 
Tracking Your Application Status: a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra
 
HEAP Benefits by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance OTDA: otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#repair-benefit

 


Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement (HERR) Benefit

Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR) benefits help households cover the cost of repairing or replacing their principal heating equipment.

To be eligible for the benefit, you must:
— Own your home, and
— A partner vendor must document the heating system as: dysfunctional or unsafe, needing repair or replacement.
 
You must also meet the HEAP regular eligibility requirements. See above for details.
 
Heating equipment that harms family members can be replaced under specific conditions and with medical documentation. A doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner must explain why the heating system damages the household member.
 
Apply Over the Phone
Agency: Human Resources Administration (HRA), (718) 557-1399.
Business Hours: Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call staff during business hours and get assistance in most languages.
 
Apply in Person
You can apply in person by going to an HRA Benefits Access Center or a community outreach location near you otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/default.asp?county=New%20York%20City#result.
 
The benefit application form is the same for HEAP regular and is available online at www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/heap_application.pdf. Applicants require an interview that can be completed over the phone or in person. For additional help, please call the Infoline at 718-557-1399.
 
The Human Resources Administration (HRA) is required to notify applicants of their eligibility decision within 30 business days after receiving the final vendor invoice for payment. If additional paperwork is required, the process may take up to 10 additional business days.

 

HERR Benefit Resources

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Benefits Access Center Locations: www.nyc.gov/site/hra/locations/home-energy-assistance-program.page
 
HEAP Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement Reference Tool:otda.ny.gov/policy/directives/2022/LCM/22-LCM-12-Attachment-1.pdf
 
HEAP Regular Application Form: www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/energy_assistance/LDSS-3421.pdf.
 
Documents To Support Qualifying Requirements: www.nyc.gov/assets/hra/downloads/pdf/services/energy_assistance.
 
Tracking of Application Status: a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra
 
HEAP Benefits by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance OTDA: otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#tune-benefit

 

For more information, visit access.nyc.gov
 
Updated on July 9, 2024
 


Environmental Asthma Triggers: Organizations that Provide In-Home Interventions for NYC Families

 
AIRnyc_Profile-removebg-previewAirNYC 
349 E 149th St #405 The Bronx, NY 10451 | (718) 577-2794
 
AIRnyc is a non-profit organization that helps families stay healthy, active, and out of the hospital through better asthma self-management. Community Health Workers (CHW) visit families at their home Monday-Saturdays. CHWs speak English, Spanish, French, Susu, and Mandingo. Ask your doctor for a referral to AIRnyc or refer yourself.
 
AIR-nyc Handout.
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 auto-cuidado. Trabajadores de Salud Comunitarios visitan las familias en sus hogares a su disponibilidad de lunes a sábados. Los trabajadores de Salud Comunitarios hablan inglés, español, francés, susu y mandingo. Encuentre más información en esta hoja informational. Pida una remisión a su doctor para el programa o llame usted mismo al (718) 577-2794

 


NYC_HealthNYC Department of Health “Healthy Neighborhoods” Program
Pediatricians Refer Their Patients at the CIR database.
 
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 who have reported the presence of pests at home and who have been diagnosed with persistent asthma by a health care provider. HNP serves all residents of NYC.
 
To get a home assessment a health care provider should refer you to the HNP. Pediatricians should refer their patients through the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR).
 
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 los residentes de la ciudad de Nueva York con presencia de plagas en el hogar y quienes hayan sido diagnosticdos con asma persistente por un doctor.
 
Para obtener una evaluación en su casa, el doctor debera haberlo remitido al programa HNP. Imprima esta hoja de remisión y entréguela a su doctor en su próxima visita médica.

 


lsa_3-removebg-previewLSA Family Health Service333 East 115th Street, New York, NY 10029 | (646) 672-5254
For East Harlem families (zip codes 10029, 10035).
 
The free environmental health program by the LSA Family Health Service 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 for pest control (cockroaches, mice, mold, bed bugs, and others). LSA’s Community Health Workers speak English and Spanish.
 
Informational Handout.
Spanish Handout.
 
For services contact the Asthma Program at (646) 672-5254.
 

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.

 


 

LSA Family Health Service

 
lsa_3-removebg-previewLSA Family Health Service
East Harlem
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.
 
LSA Family Health Service Home Visit handout.
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

 
NYC_HealthNYC Department of Health “Healthy Neighborhoods” Program
 
 

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.

 

AIR-nyc

 
AIRnyc_Profile-removebg-preview
AirNYC 
349 E 149th St #405 The Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 577-2794
Start a referral as a provider (get passcode by contacting Patrick Ma at pma@air-nyc.org)
 

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!
 
AIR-nyc handout.
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 brindar educacion en asma y materiales. Hablan inglés, español, francés, susu y mandingo. Encuentre más información en esta hoja informational o llama al (718) 577-2794.

 
 


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

 

PEHSU brochure.
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

 
Sinai logoEnvironmental 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)
 
MAKE A REFERRAL
 


 

New York State Smoking Quit Line

 
NYSSQLLogo_BlackNew York State Smoking Quit Line
Call (866) 697-8487 | Text (716) 309-4688
Monday-Thursday 9AM – 9PM | Friday-Sunday 9AM-5PM

Chat
 
New York State Smoking Quit Line provides free support to individuals who are interested in tobacco cessation.
 
Eligibility
New York State residents
 
How to Apply for Coaching or Nicotine Replacement Therapy
— Talk to a Quit Coach for help or questions about quitting
— Connect with a coach by phone (866) 697-8487, text (716) 309-4688 or chat at nysmokefree.com/Home/Contact
— Or asked to be contacted at nysmokefree.com/Home/Contact
 
Frequently Asked Questions

 
Updated on February 16, 2022


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

 
kisspng-logo-childrens-hospital-at-montefiore-brand-fon-peter-maccallum-cancer-centre-5b52c60fdec8d3.8558000815321513119125Regional Lead Treatment and Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
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

 


 

NYC Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention

 
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The City provides information about preventing lead poisoning. Through the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, the City provides services to pregnant women, teens, and children, including:
 
► Referrals to health care providers to get a blood lead test.
► Case coordination, home inspections, and other services for lead-poisoned children.
Training and workshops
 
Safe Lead Paint Removal: New York City law requires that the repair of lead paint hazards be done by trained workers using safe work practices. Dry sanding and dry scraping are not allowed. Building owners and tenants can get more information about safe work practices and training requirements. Learn about lead removal. Call 311 for assistance.
 

La Ciudad ofrece información para prevenir la intoxicación por plomo. A través del Programa de Prevención de Intoxicación por Plomo la Ciudad asiste a niños, mujeres embarazadas, adolescentes y niños con los siguientes servicios:
 
► Remisiones para pruebas de plomo con un profesional de la salud.
► Coordinación de servicios, inspecciones de vivienda, y otros servicios para niños que han sufrido una intoxicación por plomo.
Entrenamientos y talleres.
 
Retirando Pintura a Base de Plomo de Manera Segura: La ciudad de Nueva York exige que las reparaciones de relacionadas con pintura a base plomo sean hechas por trabajadores usando practicas seguras. El raspado o lijado en seco no están permitidos. Los dueños de edifcios e inquilinos puede obtener más información acerca de prácticas seguras y requisitos de entrenamiento. and tenants can get more information about safe work practices and training requirements. Aprende acerca de cómo retirar pintura de plomo de manera segura. Llama al 311 para asistencia.


New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers

 
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212-824-7109
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.

 
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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.

 
Updated on November 5, 2019


Poison Control Center

 

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(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.

 
Updated on November 5, 2019


Gas Leakage

 
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DO NOT CALL OR USE YOUR PHONE INSIDE THE HOME – CALL 911 IN A SAFE LOCATION
 
A strange odor in the home can be indicative of gas leakage. Act fast even when in doubt.
 
Signs of a gas leak
► Smelling a distinctive, strong odor similar to rotten eggs.
► Seeing a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water, blowing dust, or vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no reason.
► Hearing roaring, hissing, or whistling.
 
If you suspect that a gas leak has occurred, take the following actions
► Quickly open nearby doors and windows and then leave the building immediately: do not attempt to locate the leak.
► Do not turn on or off any electrical appliances
► Do not smoke or light matches or lighters
► Do not use a house-phone or cell-phone within the building
► After leaving the building, from a safe distance away from the building, call 911 immediately to report the suspected gas leak;
► After calling 911, call the gas service provider for this building.
 
Reporting a gas leakage to your gas company or NYCHA Customer Conctact Center
ConEdison (Bronx, Manhattan, Queens) 1-800-752-6633
National Grid (Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island) 718-643-4050
NYCHA Customer Contact Center (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) (718) 707-7771
 
For more information on gas leaks, watch this video from ConEdison.
 
For city resources call 311.


Home Fire

 
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Dial 911 to report emergencies (fire, smoke, fumes, an odor of gas)

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If There is a Fire
► Do not try to fight the fire yourself.
► Get out and stay out. Do not try to gather personal possessions.
► Close the door on your way out.
► If smoke is present, exit as low to the ground as possible and keep your mouth covered.
► Call 911 once you reach a safe location.
►If any part of you or your clothing catches fire, do not run or try to put out the fire with your hands. Cover your face with your hands and drop to the ground and roll over and over.
 
Find the Nearest Hospital
Find the nearest hospitals in your area and view what services each provides with the US Hospital Finder.
 
Emergency Relocation Services
The Emergency Housing Services (EHS) unit provides emergency relocation services and rehousing assistance to households who have been displaced from their homes as a result of fires or city-issued vacate orders. Displaced households are placed in family centers and single-room-occupancy hotels in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Call 212-863-8561 for rehousing assistance. Learn more here.
 
Help with Expenses in NYC
You can apply to the NYC Human Resources Administration for a one-time emergency grant, also called the “One Shot Deal.” Call (718) 557-1399 for more information.
 
Recovery After a Fire
► If you need help after a home fire, contact the American Red Cross Greater NYC by calling at (877) 733-2767. Learn more here.
► Take the appropriate steps to stay safe. Learn how to with the “Checking your Home After a Fire Guide”.
 
Request a Smoke Alarm
The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them, and by educating people about home fire safety. Request a smoke alarm.


Disaster Relief & Recovery

 
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Federally Declared Disasters Areas
FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (800) 621-3362 | TTY: (800) 462-7585 | 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS): (800) 621-3362
American Red Cross Greater NYC (877) 733-2767
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (888) 209-8124
 
A disaster is an occurrence disrupting the normal conditions of existence and causing a level of suffering that exceeds the capacity of adjustment of the affected community. Some examples are nor’easters, severe storms with flooding, and power outages.
 
Learn how to prepare and what resources are at your disposal.
 
Find the Nearest Hospital
Find the nearest hospitals in your area and view what services each provides with the US Hospital Finder.
 
Find a Safe Place to Go
Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to talk with someone in person for guidance or information. To find a center near you, use the DRC Locator or text DRC and your ZIP code to 43362. Example: DRC 10029.
 
Disaster Relief Resources and Temporary Sheltering Assistance
► You can apply online or with the FEMA App to manage your disaster application. Your Social Security Number (SSN) is required.
► If you are eligible for Transitional Sheltering Assistance, FEMA will pay the cost to stay in certain lodging providers for a limited period. Costs covered are for the cost of the room and taxes, and any other expenses are not included. Search the list of participating locations to see if they have availability in the area you have selected.
► Find open shelters with the American Red Cross Greater NYC
 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
DUA is a federal program that provides payments to people in a federally declared disaster area who have lost work or income as a direct result of the disaster. You must first file for regular Unemployment Insurance by calling the NYS Department of Labor at 888-209-8124.
 
Help with Expenses After a Disaster
You can apply to the NYC Human Resources Administration for a one-time emergency grant, also called the “One Shot Deal.” Call (718) 557-1399 for more information.
 
Coping with Stress Related to Disasters
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene helps New Yorkers. Contact NYC Well at 888-692-9355 for counseling and resources.
 
Information Resources
Preparedness Actions Education
NYC Emergency Management Office 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115)
Notify NYC App
Know Your Zone (Hurricanes)



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