Harlem Health Advocacy Partners

People living in East and Central Harlem public housing suffer from chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma at higher rates than other New Yorkers. Harlem Health Advocacy Partners (HHAP) was created to reduce disparities in chronic diseases among public housing residents and to improve their long-term health and quality-of-life.

The program trains Harlem residents and others with strong neighborhood ties to serve as community health workers and health advocates. It also encourages residents who are managing chronic diseases to take an active role in their health by partnering with a health worker or advocate.

  • Community Health Workers help residents set health goals, manage existing chronic diseases and address barriers to good health.
  • Health Advocates help residents find affordable or low-cost health insurance, understand medical bills and review health plan options.

Community Health Organizers collaborate with fellow residents and program staff on community organizing, health education, and community advocacy.

The initiative has begun in five New York City Housing Authority developments in East and Central Harlem. Each was selected based on high rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases. The program will last three years and may expand to other neighborhoods.

Clinton Houses Johnson Houses
Taft Houses King Towers
Lehman Village

HHAP is a team effort. Partners include:

  • The New York City Health Department’s Center for Health Equity
  • Community Service Society of New York
  • The New York City Housing Authority
  • NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center

Launching a Neighborhood-Based Community Health Worker Initiative (PDF)

For more information about the program, please contact nychealthequity@health.nyc.gov or call 646-682-3400.