The Face Behind the Phone

Healthy Homes is excited to welcome our new Administrative Assistant MJ Truini. 


Join us for our Building Healthy Futures Luncheon

Parents, Healthy Homes, and others are working hard the help kids stop hurting. We want you to be a part of this story. Learn more about Healthy Homes and how together we can elminate harmful housing conditions in west Michigan. Register for our free luncheon today!


"I was angry at myself for not protecting my child."

“I was angry at myself for not protecting my child.”

This would seem a natural reaction for any parent.  We are all focused on protecting our children and making sure they are strong and healthy.

However, the lead in the paint that made her daughter Lucy sick was not her fault. Yet Kristin was angry at both herself and her husband. 

Then anxiety set in and she took action. She went into “Mama Bear” mode.


Building Parent Power

Healthy Homes is excited to welcome our new community organizer Talor Musil. She will be leading the community through her passionate efforts to create affordable and safe housing. 


Healthy Homes Coalition Awarded Grant to Solve Wicked Problems

The Healthy Homes Coalition recently applied for and secured a $5,000 Lead Poisoning Awareness Community mini-grant from the National Center for Healthy Housing to mobilize local stakeholders. The grant will help Grand Rapids address the unacceptable fact that the 49507 zip code in Grand Rapids continues to lead the state of Michigan with the number of lead-poisoned children. 


Seasonal Asthma Tips

It's back to school season for our kiddos and parents should be aware of all asthma symptoms and triggers. Healthy Homes is providing 5 helpful tips.

 


FREE Lead Testing Kits

Are you worried that you might have lead in your home? We can give you the tools you need to know for sure.

You are at risk if you have a child two years of age or younger, are pregnant, or are planning a pregnancy AND you live in a home built before 1978. Be a champion for your child and get your free lead testing kit by clicking here.


Safe Water for Grand Rapids' Children

To ensure the safety of Grand Rapids' children, the Healthy Homes Coalition began testing the water at the Baxter Child Development Center on Wednesday, July 19. The water testing, which will identify any lead hazards in the drinking water, is part of a larger project the Healthy Homes Coalition is conducting in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Along with protecting children, the project also has the goal of developing a commonsense protocol for water testing in child care facilities across the nation.


Healthy Homes Partners with Environmental Defense Fund to Test Water in Child Care Facilities

The Healthy Homes Coalition is continuing its partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in 2017 to test a new, emerging model for ensuing children have safe water when away from home by  testing water in two Grand Rapids child care centers. The partnership with EDF builds upon a 2016 partnership where the organizations tested water for residents impacted by partial lead service line replacements.


Vapor Intrusion. Is Your Family At Risk?

When discussing the environmental dangers that could affect a family within the home setting many images come to mind. However, few are aware of one particular danger that is becoming more and more prevalent within our Michigan communities, vapor intrusion. Possible health problems that can be caused by vapor intrusion include negative impacts on cognitive and motor functions, several types of cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, and effects on the immune system.


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