On behalf of the Health and Environmental Resource Center (HERC) in Bayview Hunters Point, I appreciate your taking the time to visit our website. Please know it is under revision at this time.
Soon you will find answers to questions about environmental health and justice, and the special supportive services we provide to our clients based on our expertise, our advocacy, and our dedicated staff and community partners.
For me, Bayview Hunters Point is coming home. I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn where violence, poverty, and poor education were commonplace. We too had the challenge of being healthy in a toxic and polluted environment. With the help of some caring people I moved and got educated. To be clear, I am an advocate of serving the underserved. My 17 years as an elected school board member in Dublin is but one example of my commitment. I am devoted to HERC for the rest of my life.
HERC is the sole provider of Asthma Education, Wellness support, Acupuncture treatments, and Home Assessments in the Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Silver Ave. neighborhoods. Our model of trained health educators and community health workers reaching out and educating children in the schools, seniors in the community, and adults in their homes is working very well.
The HERC vision is this:
“HERC will grow to better serve southeast San Francisco in ALL health areas, not just asthma. Our model can work for anything health related - and will!”
We intend to expand both our program and funding to include chronic illnesses like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, women’s health, cancer, and pain management. The clear vision is that HERC will be the primary health educator for all Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Silver Ave. schools, community settings, health centers, and homes in all health problems areas mentioned above.
Feel free to visit us to see how we can help meet your needs, whether that is learning more about environmental health, or receiving education in any of your personal health areas. Also, come meet our caring, dedicated staff. HERC is committed to the improved health of each and every client.
We look forward to serving you and the community.John Ledahl, Executive Director HERC