As the lead poisoning of children in Grand Rapids’ neighborhoods continues increase, and gain attention, one local business took the message to their customers - and raised $6,000 in doing so.
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.
The 49507 zip code experienced a 40 percent increase in number of lead-poisoned children from 2014 through 2016. The zip code has most lead-poisoned kids in the state of Michigan.
Parents, representatives met on Oct. 30 in Grand Rapids to tackle the lead-paint problem that’s poisoned more children than Flint’s water crisis.
Healthy Homes is excited to welcome our new Administrative Assistant MJ Truini.