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

Job Opening - FEMA Worker

The Healthy Homes Coalition has an opening for a FEMA Field Worker.  We are seeking a Spanish-speaking (conversational) candidate to work 24 hours/week.


FEMA Awards Healthy Homes Coalition $51,451 for Fire Safety Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced an award of $51,451 on September 9, 2016 to the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan to make 400 homes safer for children. The award will allow the Healthy Homes Coalition to teach fire safety and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in 400 homes.


Matthew Breathes Easier!

This spring, our Healthy Housing Specialist Jennifer Spiller began working with Luom and her 5-year-old son, Matthew. Matthew’s asthma was causing him to have a lot of sleepless nights from waking up coughing. Luom was already working with Matthew’s doctor and the Asthma Network of West Michigan to control his asthma, and Healthy Homes was invited to assess their home to see if his environment might be worsening his symptoms.