Education & Outreach

The Healthy Homes Coalition employs three key strategies to eliminate harmful housing conditions to improve children's health and wellbeinghome 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...

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Resources

Mayor Bliss Commits to Tackling Lead Aggressively

In her State of the City address on Thursday night, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss made it clear that fixing lead poisoning is a major priority for Grand Rapids.

"The recent increase in lead poisoning is a call to action," said Mayor Bliss. 

"Children should not only feel safe in our city. They must be safe. Especially in their own homes."


Persistence Pays Off for Healthy Homes, Kids

Momentum continues to build fast to solve the problem of children being exposed to lead in Grand Rapids – and to keep kids from hurting in our community. The culmination of two years of work is lining up across the city, county, and state – a change which will help families provide safe housing for their children.

Healthy Homes is leading the charge.


So the Big Question is...

Nyi’Cear is a local seven year old girl. She loves to play and she smiles easily, like most seven year olds do. But, her journey is far from typical. She is a victim of lead poisoning. The following video depicts her long-term struggles following that initial diagnosis.

"So the big question is: what are we doing about this? What, as a community, are we doing about lead poisoning?"