Harlem Health Advocacy Partners

People living in East and Central Harlem public housing suffer from chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma, at higher rates than other New Yorkers. Harlem Health Advocacy Partners 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
  • Address barriers to good health

Health Advocates help residents:

  • Find affordable or low-cost health insurance
  • Understand medical bills
  • Review health plan options

Community Health Organizers collaborate with fellow residents and program staff on:

  • Community organizing
  • Health education
  • Community advocacy


Harlem Health Advocacy Partners is currently working in the following five New York City Housing Authority developments in East and Central Harlem:

  • Clinton Houses
  • Johnson Houses
  • King Towers
  • Lehman Village
  • Taft Houses

Each location was selected based on high rates of diabetes and other chronic diseases. The program will last three years and may expand to other neighborhoods.

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


Harlem Health Advocacy Partners is a team effort. Our Partners include:

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

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