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.
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.
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.
The WOOD TV Target 8 News Team continues to expose scofflaw painters and contractors who are creating lead hazards that can poison children.
Governor Appoints Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director to Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board
GRAND RAPIDS – Governor Snyder appointed Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to the newly formed Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board created by Executive Order on June 10.
“It is an honor to be asked to serve in this important role,” said Haan. “We have a 15 year history of effectively fighting childhood lead poisoning in west Michigan, and I look forward to leveraging that knowledge in service to all the children of Michigan. Our goal will be to help focus this work on solving the root environmental causes of lead poisoning, including lead-based paint, lead-laden soil, and tainted water. It’s not enough to just test and treat kids. We have to get at the source.”
On March 14, 2016, the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) spoke with representatives from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to begin exploring why there was a 30% increase in the number of children with elevated blood lead test results in Kent County in 2015. In 2014 there were 470 children with blood lead levels ≥5.0 ug/dL* in Kent County. In 2015, that number rose dramatically to 610 children. The initial request on that day was to review historical data to identify potential abnormalities related to WIC testing sites in the City of Grand Rapids, geography (zip codes), and time of year (quarter).
Bittersweet day for Healthy Homes today. We're happy for Courtney Myer-Keaton as she pursues her Masters in Public Health and carves out more time for her growing family.
The Healthy Homes Coalition, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, the Grand Rapids NAACP, the Grand Rapids Urban League, and LINC thank you for coming to the March 10 Town Hall Meeting on Childhood Lead Poisoning in Grand Rapids.
The number of children lead poisoned in Kent County and Grand Rapids rose for the first time in more than 15 years in 2015. In 2014, there were 470 children 0-5 years of age in Kent County with elevated blood lead levels ≥5.0 ug/dL. In 2015, that number rose to 610 children.
Join us on Thursday, March 10 at 6:30pm at 341 Hall SE (LINC Gallery) as we take action with Mount Moriah Baptist Church, the Grand Rapids NAACP, the Grand Rapids Urban League, and LINC by hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Childhood Lead Poisoning in Grand Rapids.