Governor Cuomo’s New Proposal Gears Toward Prevention Of Asthma-Related Diseases, Highlights Need For Good Housing Quality

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo addressed asthma-related concernsAddressing the increase of asthma-related cases, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a home improvement program as a part of his Health Across All Policies initiative which was launched in 2017. Photo By: Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York/Flickr

To prevent the increase of asthma cases, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020 which would incorporate home improvement project as a solution. This project is in line with the Governor’s Health Across All Policies initiative.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted that around 1 million adults in New York alone have asthma. On the other hand, one in 13 children suffer from it.

New York labels asthma as one of the public health concerns affecting the state. In 2017, it incurred $3.5 billion in costs. The rampant cases of asthma hospitalization also led to a loss of productivity.

Governor Cuomo’s proposal would entitle homeowners to cost-free home energy and environmental assessment from the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). From this process, the team shall use the data to identify the proper home improvement system which each home could use.

Before the home improvement systems could be adopted statewide, a set of pilot participants shall first receive free home-based services including education on medicating and identifying asthma triggers. The New York state, NYSERDA, and NYSDOH shall also administer giving out specialized vacuums, mattresses, pillow covers, and asthma-friendly cleaning kits.

Addressing the proposal, Governor Cuomo highlighted the right of every resident of New York to live in a healthy home despite their financial capabilities. He added that through the program, the state’s citizens could experience an improved quality of life.

Health experts showed their approval towards the project. They said that not only will this program benefit today’s generation, but also the next.

This campaign shall form part of the Health Across All Policies (HAAP) program. Launched in 2017, HAAP aims to create age-friendly communities and policies. It is a long-term project that promotes the integration of health considerations into the policy-making process of every sector of society.

HAAP has eight focus areas which the New York government deems to have an impact on overall health. These key sectors shall help state agencies in determining how their initiatives could further improve the health of New Yorkers.

To prevent the increase of asthma cases, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 which would incorporate home improvement project as a solution. This project is in line with the Governor’s Health Across All Policies initiative.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted that around 1 million adults in New York alone have asthma. On the other hand, one in 13 children suffer from it.

Governor Cuomo’s proposal would entitle homeowners to a cost-free home energy and environmental assessment from the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). From this process, the team shall use the data to identify the proper home improvement system which could be used.

Before the home improvement systems could be adopted statewide, a set of pilot participants shall first receive free home-based services including education on medicating and identifying asthma triggers. The New York state, NYSERDA, and NYSDOH shall also administer giving out specialized vacuums, mattresses, pillow covers, and asthma-friendly cleaning kits.

Addressing the proposal, Governor Cuomo highlighted the right of every resident of New York to live in a healthy home despite of their financial capabilities. He added that through the program, the state’s citizens could experience an improved quality of life.

This campaign is shall form part of the Health Across All Policies (HAAP) program. Launched in 2017, HAAP aims to create age-friendly communities and policies. It is a long-term project that promotes the integration of health considerations into the policy-making process of every sector of the community.

HAAP has eight focus areas which the New York government deems to have an impact on overall health. These key sectors shall help state agencies in determining how their initiatives could further improve the health of New Yorkers.

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