Health status varies greatly across New York City’s neighborhoods. Poor housing quality, pest infestations, air pollution, and lack of safe spaces to walk, exercise, and play all impact health. The Health Department has collaborated with other city agencies to implement innovative programs and policies to improve neighborhood conditions and narrow health disparities. Many programs have contributed to measurable improvements, including the Healthy Homes Hardware Store Campaign to increase awareness about safe home repairs, Summer Streets and Play Streets to promote physical activity, and the Rat Initiative and Rodent Management Training to assess problems and safely control rat infestations.
Last Updated 1/31/13