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Healthy Neighborhoods Program

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What is the Healthy Neighborhoods Program?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Program is run by the Tompkins County Health Department Division of Environmental Health. The program is funded through grant money provided by the New York State Department of Health.

The objective of this program is to promote healthy homes in specific target areas of Tompkins County by pursuing the following goals:

  1. Prevent Indoor Air Pollution
  2. Prevent Asthma Hospitalizations
  3. Prevent Residential Fire Deaths
  4. Prevent Lead Poisoning
  5. Reduce Indoor Tobacco Use

How Does the Healthy Neighborhoods Program Work?

Homes are selected for a visit based on referrals from other agencies or are approached by our staff. If you qualify to participate in the program, a member of the Healthy Neighborhoods Program team will work with you to arrange a time for a home visit. During the home visit we will discuss different ideas on promoting a healthy home and offer educational materials. We may identify areas of possible concern and will offer information or recommendations to correct those concerns.

The program staff will work with you to develop a plan to help make your home safer!  We will also provide products to help you meet these goals (subject to available supply). Products may include:

  • Smoke Detectors
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Replacement Batteries
  • Radon Test Kits
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Asthma Management Tools
  • Green Cleaning Items

How Do I Qualify for the Program?

The New York State Health Department awarded the grant to Tompkins County to focus on three target areas that have been shown to have a great need. These areas are:

  1. Village and Town of Groton
  2. City of Ithaca & Town of Ithaca
  3. Mobile Home Parks in the county
  4. WIC Recipients
  5. Town of Enfield

If you live in one of the above areas you are eligible for the program! You do not need to own a home to participate; tenants are welcome and encouraged to participate! Please contact us for more information.

The Tompkins County Health Department hopes to be able to target additional areas in the future. We will offer information to anyone living in an area not listed above, but will not be able to make home visits or provide products.


Although the Healthy Neighborhoods Program Educators are in your home, remember that we are not there to judge or be invasive.  If you have any questions or concerns with anything in your home, we will gladly help you with any problems and refer you to local agencies or programs if we cannot assist you.  Any identifying markers you provide us with (i.e. name, address, phone number) are kept confidential within our program.  Only staff from our program have access to this information.

Contact us

For more information call the Healthy Neighborhood Program at (607) 274-6688 or
send an email to Eric Shearer or Pat Jebbett.

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