We spent a lovely afternoon connecting with Keith from EcoPrint GR and had an opportunity to learn about their choice to use sustainable printing, and to thank them for sponsoring our event invitations for this year's Building Healthy Futures Luncheon.
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. Below are descriptions of our home visiting programs.
Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids
Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids is a home visiting program designed to make children's housing healthier by providing home assessments and resources to parents. Through the program, community health educators provide in-home visits to low-income families with young children to help identify and address environmental health hazards in the home. The families are educated about the hazards found and then work with staff to create an action plan to eliminate those hazards. Activities are tailored to the family’s needs and may include teaching dust wipe sampling for lead, identifying and reducing asthma triggers, installation of smoke alarms or a carbon monoxide detector, radon testing, teaching lead-specific cleaning methods, and more.
Qualifications: The family must live in a pre-1978 home within the Grand Rapids metro area, have a child birth through age five in home, and be low to moderate income (≤80% of area median income).
Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM) uses an environmentally and family-friendly approach to eliminate roaches and rodents from homes without using toxic bombs or sprays. Healthy Homes works with families and teaches them simple strategies to eliminate pests and prevent them from coming back.
Qualifications: The family must have child with asthma or allergies in home, live in the Grand Rapids metro area, and be low to moderate income (≤80% of area median income).
Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide Detector Installation.
As resources are available, the Healthy Homes Coalition provides FREE smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector installations in the home.
Qualifications: The family must live in the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood or Wyoming and have a resident child under 14 years of age.
To participate in any of these services, contact the Healthy Homes Coalition.
Did You Know...
Most local housing codes require a smoke detector in every sleeping room.
IRS Form 990 (2015)(231 KB)
Federal tax form for the year ending June 30, 2015.
Jackie Hernandez is Healthy Homes' newest staff addition and we are lucky to have her skills, passion, and drive on the team as she continues her legacy of serving the community.
Flint brought national attention back to lead in water in homes and schools, but a critical gap isn't being addressed: childcare facilites. 4 million children in the United States under 5 spend most of their days in commercial or residential based childcare facilities. Kids under 5 are the most vulnerable population to lead exposure. They are the ones who absorb lead the easiest, and who lead harms the most.