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

Thank You, Steelcase Foundation for Lifting Parent Voices

We are fortunate to receive support from donors like the Steelcase Foundation. Last year, Healthy Homes was awarded a two-year grant to complete a project centered around lifting community voices.

Because of the Steelcase’s generosity, parents in the community have been able to make major strides in having their voices heard, and having a seat at the table.

 


Local Family Shares Their Positive Experience with Get The Lead Out Program

Javonte Tubbs, a lifelong Grand Rapidian, recently had repairs on his home completed by the Get the Lead Out program to get rid of lead hazards, and he would recommend to anyone considering it. 


Just the Standard: The Lead Expectation

Lead poisoning in children is an unfortunate and pervasive standard across the United States. Affected children can be found easily within any major city, any state, any region. 3,810 neighborhood areas have recorded childhood lead poisoning rates at least double those found across Flint, Michigan, including our own in Grand Rapids.