Funded and administered by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), Harlem Health Advocacy Partners (HHAP) is a neighborhood-based initiative that seeks to improve the health outcomes of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents by addressing risk factors for disease, such as physical inactivity and poor diet, and improving management of existing chronic diseases.

Initially, HHAP is being implemented in the following NYCHA developments in East and Central Harlem:

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

In addition to the DOHMH, partner organizations in the HHAP include:

  • NYCHA
  • City University of New York School of Public Health
  • New York University

How HHAP Works 

CSS’s Health Advocates help residents find affordable or low-cost health insurance, understand medical bills and review health plan options. Working with Community Health Workers from DOHMH, CSS Health Advocates:

  • Enroll uninsured residents into free or low-cost health insurance
  • Connect those who are ineligible for coverage to free or low-cost health services
  • Help residents who are already insured troubleshoot health insurance and health plan problems, such as treatment denials and billing disputes.

The Health Advocates also conduct workshops to help residents understand how health insurance works and how to fill gaps in coverage.

For more information about the program or to refer a NYCHA resident from East or Central Harlem in need of health insurance enrollment or navigational assistance, contact Amber Wilson at awilson@cssny.org or (212) 614-5508.

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