Hugo Claudin is the newest full-time staff member in the Healthy Homes direct services department. He will be working directly with families struggling with environmental hazards in their homes, visiting them, making action plans for them, and building relationships with them. Hugo brings a unique perspective and experience to this position. Before coming here, he previously worked for Spectrum Health, LINC, and The Red Project, all in a community health capacity. He is also a well-known artist and musician, and an all-around interesting guy.
Education & Outreach
The Healthy Homes Coalition employs three key strategies to eliminate harmful housing conditions to improve children's health and wellbeing: home visits, education and outreach, and advocacy for change. Our education and outreach strategy includes the following activities.
Community Awareness & Media
The Healthy Homes Coalition works hard to get messages out to parents, community leaders, and the public at large through a variety of media. Healthy Homes educates the public through our own grassroots marketing such as newsletters and fliers. Healthy Homes also keeps a constant presence at community outreach events such as health fairs, National Night Out events, neighborhood and church gatherings, and more. And the Healthy Homes Coalition partners with local media outlets to have stories featured in the news.
We find that outreach works best when it is done in partnership. If your organization would like to have Healthy Homes attend one of your events, please contact us.
Classes for Parents
The Healthy Homes Coalition has a number of educational opportunities for parents in addition to our Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids home visiting program. We offer free classes on Maintaining a Healthy Homes, Cleaning for Lead, Lead-Safe Painting and Home Repair, and How to Rid Your Home of Pests. These classes work best when done in partnership with organizations that already bring parents together.
If your organization would like to have Healthy Homes present to your parents, please contact us.
Classes for Professionals
The Healthy Homes Coalition also offers classes for professionals. In the past, classes have been held for day care workers, nurses and other health care professionals, community health workers, housing professionals, contractors, landlords, code enforcement officials and others. Healthy Homes is a proud partner of the National Center for Healthy Housing's Training Network.
If your organization would like to have Healthy Homes present to your professional group, please contact us.
See our events page to find out more information about upcoming classes and outreach events.
Did You Know...
Cockroaches can have up to 48 babies every 6 weeks.
Emergency room visits can become a part of life for the families Healthy Homes serves, especially those families who deal with severe asthma. Of the six million children in the US with asthma, about 1 in 6 will need emergency care. Dealing with the uncertainty of an asthma attack or any emergency can be upsetting and stressful; it’s beyond important to receive care that is trustworthy and helpful.
That’s where care providers like Emergency Care Specialists come in. ECS is a local group physicians, emergency medicine residents, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who provide emergency care to patients in West Michigan.
It may seem like an unlikely duo, but Yesterdog and Healthy Homes go way back, and we are thankful for their support and for all the good they do for the Grand Rapids community.