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

Learning From Detroit

Recently, Healthy Homes staff Paul Haan, Jennifer Spiller, and Hannah Gilliam took a trip to Detroit to visit CLEARCorps/Detroit. Learn more about what they experienced.


Don't Boil Fabuloso! Your Favorite Smells Might Be Triggering Your Child's Asthma

In just the past month of visiting homes with my co-worker Hannah, we have been alarmed to come across two different families who heat Fabuloso in a pot on the stove in order to make the house smell nice. Both of the moms we spoke with had children with asthma and mentioned that heating Fabuloso was something that others they knew were also doing. Concerned about the safety of this practice, I took a quick look at the back of a bottle of Lavender-scented Fabuloso and read the warning label: “DO NOT DRINK..."


Governor Appoints Healthy Home Executive Director to Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission

Governor Snyder appointed Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, to the newly formed Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission created by Executive Order today. The Commission will advance the work completed by a temporary board appointed in 2016. Haan and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss served on the former board that issued a set of recommendations in November 2016.