To ensure the safety of Grand Rapids' children, the Healthy Homes Coalition began testing the water at the Baxter Child Development Center on Wednesday, July 19. The water testing, which will identify any lead hazards in the drinking water, is part of a larger project the Healthy Homes Coalition is conducting in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Along with protecting children, the project also has the goal of developing a commonsense protocol for water testing in child care facilities across the nation.
The mission of the Healthy Homes Coalition is to improve children's health and wellbeing by eliminating harmful housing conditions.
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 and 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.
The Healthy Homes Coalition is continuing its partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in 2017 to test a new, emerging model for ensuing children have safe water when away from home by testing water in two Grand Rapids child care centers. The partnership with EDF builds upon a 2016 partnership where the organizations tested water for residents impacted by partial lead service line replacements.
When discussing the environmental dangers that could affect a family within the home setting many images come to mind. However, few are aware of one particular danger that is becoming more and more prevalent within our Michigan communities, vapor intrusion. Possible health problems that can be caused by vapor intrusion include negative impacts on cognitive and motor functions, several types of cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, and effects on the immune system.