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Some aging homes in Elmira present a high risk of exposure to lead and mold.
Elmira study links housing to poor health
More than 90 percent of housing in Elmira was built before 1950, and some of these aging dwellings present a high risk of exposure to lead, mold and other environmental toxins linked to asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). That’s according to a new study of health and housing in low-income neighborhoods in Elmira’s 14901 ZIP code.
Prepared by Common Ground Health, the Rapid Health Impact Assessment supports the work of the Central Southern Tier Health Alliance. It includes a series of recommendations, several of which are already moving forward. Learn more and download the report.
Program shows patients questions to ask
Faced with a mysterious illness and medical lingo she didn’t understand, Debbie Wise stopped showing up for appointments and quit taking her medicine. Then the hair stylist learned to bring her questions to her doctors through a new health literacy course developed by Common Ground with support from MVP Health Care.
After the training, said Wise, “I didn’t feel like [my doctors] were talking in circles anymore. I knew exactly what to ask, and I understood what was being said.”
National Public Radio ran a segment on how Rochester’s colorful crosswalks are calming traffic and building a sense of community. Listeners heard Healthy Communities Project Coordinator Mike Bulger discuss how street art nudges residents toward healthier options and safer behaviors.
Bulger describes how Parsells Avenue is so straight and wide that drivers "can lay on the gas," but the colorful intersection is a reminder that the straightaway is a residential street. Research shows that efforts to slow traffic can reduce crime and encourage walking and biking. Listen to the NPR story here and read about Healthi Kids’ Complete Streets Makeover here.
Kids and families advocated for safe and accessible places to be physically active at Play ROCS Your Neighborhood 2019. The event took place at more than 40 sites around Rochester. View a gallery of images from the day.