In Case of Emergency

If someone is having negative health effects from mold exposure, contact their primary health care provider.  The doctor may recommend consultation with an allergy, asthma, or infectious disease specialist for additional information and treatment.

Mold & Moisture

The Healthy Homes Coalition offers mold and moisture assessments for families in the Grand Rapids area that have children with asthma. Click here for our page on asthma triggers. 

Contact us for more information or to sign up for our Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids program.

 

About Mold & Moisture

Mold can grow anywhere it has adequate moisture and food, including walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and concrete.  It is usually found in areas that have been flooded, areas with leaky pipes, or areas with high condensation such as bathrooms and basements.

 

Who is at Risk?

As well as being a trigger for asthma and allergic reactions, people with weakened immune systems (children, elderly and those recovering from surgery) may be more vulnerable to health effects from molds.

 

Solutions

When mold becomes a problem in the home, the moisture that is causing the mold problem needs to be addressed before efforts to clean up the existing mold will be successful.

Once the moisture problem has been addressed, the existing mold can be removed.  The EPA suggests that if the area is less than ten square feet it is a job you can do your self.  Those involved with the cleanup project should wear rubber gloves, goggles, and an N-95 respirator.  Hard, non-porous surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water and dried immediately.  Any porous or absorbent surface that is affected by mold, such as drywall, fabrics, or upholstered furniture, should be removed and replaced.

A professional who has extensive training and experience should deal with areas larger than ten square feet. Since there is no government certification program, be sure to check reference and compare multiple bids. Be wary of contractors who offer testing and abatement in one package.  It is often better if the firm conducting the testing has not relationship to the firm making the repairs.

For more information, contact the Healthy Homes Coalition.

 

Did You Know...

Dehumidifiers help reduce mold growth.

Resources

Facts About Mold(274 KB)

Indepth information from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Making the Invisible Visible

What the Eyes Don't See is the title of Flint heroine Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s book about the Flint water crisis. It’s an appropriate title for a book where behind the scenes dealing resulted in thousands of children ingesting lead through their drinking water. However, it's also an accurate statement when it comes to children being poisoned by lead in communities like Grand Rapids that have long had safe drinking water.

We need to be able to see lead. The technology to measure lead in the environment has existed for decades.  This technology needs to be used to stop kids from hurting. Learn five specific ways to make invisible lead hazards visible.

 


Good Process + Great People = Healthy Kids

Did you know that the Healthy Homes Coalition is the number one source of referrals for the Get the Lead Out!  home repair program? It’s no surprise given the expert work of Jackie Hernandez, our Community Connections Coordinator.  

Executive Director Paul Haan will tell you it is Jackie Hernandez, our Community Connections Coordinator, is making it happen. “Jackie is unapologetic in her passion for helping kids and families succeed. Whether it’s her role as a Godfrey Lee school board member or her work at Healthy Homes, Jackie is 100% prepared to take action for her community!”


Healthy Homes in the News

Parents, a Healthy Homes Coalition board member, and staff were all featured on a Michigan Radio news story. We are sharing it here in case you missed it.

In the words of one of Healthy Homes’ newest board members, grandparent Lisa Matthews, "“People think (lead) is a small problem, but it’s a very big problem. I know it takes time to do something about it … I’m just sayin’ what are we going to do now?”

Healthy Homes is eager to begin working with the City and community partners to implement the solutions recommended in this report.