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

Join the Healthy Homes Team! Job Openings.

Healthy Homes has a number of job openings. We will be hiring an Administrative Assistant to begin work July 1 or sooner. We are also taking resumes for a Public Relations position and a Community Organizing position, with projected start dates in July.  All positions are full time.

 


Healthy Homes Issues Lead In Water Report

The Healthy Homes Coalition partnered with the Environmental Defense Fund in 2016 to take a deep look into the safety of drinking water in Grand Rapids. Specifically, the groups were interested in knowing if street reconstruction including the replacement of water mains was posing any danger to the residents of Grand Rapids. In other cities, this kind of construction has been known to raise the content of lead in water above safe levels. Could the same be said of Grand Rapids


Michigan Legislature Considers Lead Appropriations and Policy

While much of the media coverage about the Flint water crisis has died down, there is much activity in Lansing in regards to childhood lead poisoning. Most notable at this time is the Governor's request for $2 million in funding for the newly formed Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. This request is working its way through the legislature, with the House and the Senate both offering different perspectives. There are also six bills that have been introduced to address lead exposure.