This presentation is part of the It Takes a Village: Vital Elements of a Healthy Community session.
The New York City Health Department’s HHAP program has created enduring and sustainable walking groups for public housing residents of East and Central Harlem. The session will provide a program overview that describes the current health inequities in the neighborhood, the formation of the walking groups and strategies used to transform program-led groups to resident-owned, socially engaging walking groups and success stories from participants. Best practices and lessons learned will be shared to inspire other placed-based initiatives to (1) motivate participants to view walking as an inexpensive way to stay active (2) realize the benefits of participants socializing and (3) create ownership for long-term sustainability.
Presenter: Sindia Avila, Community Health Worker, Harlem Health Advocacy Partners; a program from East Harlem Neighborhood Health Action Center, Center for Health Equity, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene