This spring, our Healthy Housing Specialist Jennifer Spiller began working with Luom and her 5-year-old son, Matthew. Matthew’s asthma was causing him to have a lot of sleepless nights from waking up coughing. Luom was already working with Matthew’s doctor and the Asthma Network of West Michigan to control his asthma, and Healthy Homes was invited to assess their home to see in his environment might be worsening his symptoms.
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 WOOD TV Target 8 News Team continues to expose scofflaw painters and contractors who are creating lead hazards that can poison children.
Governor Appoints Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director to Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board
GRAND RAPIDS – Governor Snyder appointed Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to the newly formed Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board created by Executive Order on June 10.
“It is an honor to be asked to serve in this important role,” said Haan. “We have a 15 year history of effectively fighting childhood lead poisoning in west Michigan, and I look forward to leveraging that knowledge in service to all the children of Michigan. Our goal will be to help focus this work on solving the root environmental causes of lead poisoning, including lead-based paint, lead-laden soil, and tainted water. It’s not enough to just test and treat kids. We have to get at the source.”