The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an award of $51,451 on September 9, 2016 to the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan to make 400 homes safer for children. The award will allow the Healthy Homes Coalition to teach fire safety and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in 400 homes.
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.
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 if his environment might be worsening his symptoms.
The WOOD TV Target 8 News Team continues to expose scofflaw painters and contractors who are creating lead hazards that can poison children.