Mission Statement

The mission of the Healthy Homes Coalition is to improve children's health and wellbeing by eliminating harmful housing conditions.

Vision Statement

All children will grow up in healthy homes free of environmental hazards, accomplished through policy and advocacy, outreach and education, direct services, and continuous collaboration.

Values and Operating Principles

Leadership - We will be the most trusted and respected resource in children's environmental health.

Health and Wellbeing - We will promote children's potential by ensuring their environmental safety.

Collaboration - We will continuously seek to expand our impact by working with others.

Respect - We will provide culturally sensitive services to all in a way that respects dignity.

Empowering Families - We will use a family-centered approach to provide tools, resources, and knowledge to families.

Environmental Justice - We will seek to promote environmental justice amd health equity in all of our actions.

Best Practice - We will use evidence-based and data-driven methods in all our services and efforts.

Integrity - We will be above reproach in all our personal and professional relationships.

Visibility - We will be first in mind for those seeking to improve children's environmental health.

Sustainability - We will continuously learn and be proactive in regards to people, planet, and profit. 

 

Did You Know...

In the U.S., asthma results in 1.8 million emergency room visits, 497,000 hospitalizations, and 4,000 deaths each year.

Resources

MDHHS Healthy Homes Statewide Strategic Plan(2.9 MB)

State of Michigan plan for promoting healthy housing. Focuses on lead poisoning, asthma, unintentional injury, and lung cancer. Published in 2012.

Healthy Homes Coalition Strategic Plan(2.7 MB)

Strategic Plan for 2014

News & Events:

Taking Control (with a little support)

I recently received a call from Erica, a mother that my co-worker Courtney and I had worked with in the summer of 2014.

When Healthy Homes began working with Erica, she was renting a home where the landlord had not been using lead safe work practices to repair the siding. That work created toxic lead dust where her twin toddlers would play.


Healthy Homes for Educational Success January Update

The Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and partners met on September 17 for the second Healthy Homes for Educational Success all partner meeting. Program partners are engaged in and supportive of the updated program design.


Environmental Concerns Reflective of Racial Inequity

The Healthy Homes Coalition continues to stand in solidarity with the people of Flint. Their brave actions have caught the attention of many across the nation who have grown comfortable with environmental racism and injustice. In a recent article posted to the Rapidian, Partners for a Racism Free Community speaks to the wider injustice and offers a call to action.

"Water is a natural resource that, in the developed world, we often take for granted. On a daily basis, most people in the United States do not question whether or not their drinking water is safe. In Grand Rapids, most people don’t think about tap water so dangerous that its consumption could lead to negative health outcomes and bathing in it a dermatological disaster. Environmental activism exists, in this country, as an idealists’ pursuit, not as an existential emergency."

"However, there are the stories that have gone untold for far too long that are now being thrust into the light as a result of the disaster in Flint."

Read more here.