Identifying need and creating tools to engage communities around smoke-free housing
Methods: AAFE, a non-profit housing provider, worked with tenants in two of its buildings to go smoke-free, and documented the entire process in a case study. CSSNY, established 170 years ago to advocate on behalf of low-income New Yorkers, created a smoke-free housing guide tailored for apartment residents both to fill a void of information and counter misinformation.
Results: Newly generated interest for going smoke-free, better relations with tenants' rights groups, and higher demand for technical assistance involving the created resources. Interested residents have improved access to information and suggested approaches for talking with their landlord and neighbors.
Conclusions: These activities have enhanced smoke-free housing efforts in New York City and can be replicated around the country. Non-profit housing providers, apartment residents, and tenants' rights groups are all critical to collaborate with and bring on board any campaign with the goal of increasing smoke-free housing in a community.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education
Describe strategies for working with multi-family housing residents, tenants' advocacy groups, and non-profit housing providers on smoke-free housing. Discuss why broad community engagement is critical to any smoke-free housing campaign. Identify tools to empower multi-family housing residents and non-profit housing providers to go smoke-free.
Keyword(s): Tobacco Control, Housing
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I assumed the role of executive director of the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City in the fall of 2010. During my tenure, I have overseen work that has added over 1,500 units of smoke-free housing in New York City. I also supervised the projects described in this abstract from their conception to completion.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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