Health and Human Services
Please visit the Health, Human Services & Immigration Committee page for information on meeting dates and minutes.
Health & Human Services Information & Resources:
East Harlem Vital Statistics
New York City is the most diverse city in the U.S. — a fact reflected in the distinct character of each neighborhood. The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published the second edition of Community Health Profiles to examine preventable causes of illness and death in all of NYC’s 42 neighborhoods. Please click here to view the full East Harlem Community Health Profile.
Eating Well in Harlem
Obesity is a major health problem in New York City— more than half of adult New Yorkers are either overweight or obese. Being at an unhealthy weight increases a person’s risk of developing many conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, and heart disease.
Healthy eating habits and increased physical activity are the most important ways to fight the obesity epidemic. Yet we know that neighborhood conditions and resources, particularly access to healthy food options, can have a profound impact on residents’ everyday lives. Research suggests that access to food— including the availability, quality, and price of healthy foods, and the presence of supermarkets and advertising—affect the food choices of residents, many of whom shop close to home.
Get Healthy Harlem
The Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC) is a collaboration of community, academic and public health stakeholders which uses research, education, advocacy and service delivery to improve the health and well-being of the Harlem community.
We have worked in Harlem for over 20 years, with leaders and members of the Harlem community to promote the health and well-being of the neighborhood.
GetHealthyHarlem.org is the result of years of collaboration between HHPC, community members and leaders. It is a health information website where Harlem residents, businesses and organizations can find local information about getting and staying healthy. It's also a place for sharing information and connecting with community members.
In short, this website is designed in Harlem, for Harlem, by Harlem.
**Check out the HHPC Spring 2008 Newsletter (Attached Below)**
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HHPC, one of the 33 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is under the administration of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.