Columbia County Healthy Neighborhoods Program
The Columbia County Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) provides free in-home health and safety assessments for asthma, indoor air quality, lead, fire safety, and other environmental health hazards for individuals living in Columbia County. There are absolutely no requirements to sign up and all are strongly encouraged to participate.
The HNP follows guidelines developed by an expert panel convened by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The program targets housing in high-risk areas that are identified using housing, health, and socioeconomic indicators from census and surveillance data. The HNP uses a combination of door-to-door canvassing and referrals to reach residents in these high-risk areas. During a visit, an outreach worker provides education (written and verbal), referrals and products to help residents correct or reduce housing hazards.