Alex Markham: Parent Leader and Super Volunteer

Here at Healthy Homes, we have a small, but mighty volunteer force. And, possibly no volunteer is more known around the offices as a go-to helper than Alex Markham. She has been a very regular giver of time, talent, and passion over the past three years, and we are thankful to have her as part of the team.


Peer Educators Connect with their Community to Educate Neighbors About Lead

This fall, Healthy Homes is starting a new lead education program to help any local family who wants to learn more about lead, and how to manage lead hazards in their home.


Welcome, Direct Services Staff Member, Hugo Claudin!

Hugo Claudin is the newest full-time staff member in the Healthy Homes direct services department. He will be working directly with families struggling with environmental hazards in their homes, visiting them, making action plans for them, and building relationships with them. Hugo brings a unique perspective and experience to this position. Before coming here, he previously worked for Spectrum Health, LINC, and The Red Project, all in a community health capacity. He is also a well-known artist and musician, and an all-around interesting guy.  


Emergency Care Specialists: Helping the Community In and Out of the Hospital

Emergency room visits can become a part of life for the families Healthy Homes serves, especially those families who deal with severe asthma. Of the six million children in the US with asthma, about 1 in 6 will need emergency care. Dealing with the uncertainty of an asthma attack or any emergency can be upsetting and stressful; it’s beyond important to receive care that is trustworthy and helpful.

That’s where care providers like Emergency Care Specialists come in. ECS is a local group physicians, emergency medicine residents, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who provide emergency care to patients in West Michigan.  


Hotdogs and Healthy Homes: Thanks, Yesterdog!

It may seem like an unlikely duo, but Yesterdog and Healthy Homes go way back, and we are thankful for their support and for all the good they do for the Grand Rapids community. 


Flashback Friday: Strong Families Celebration

Summer is nearly finished, but we had such a good one, we don't want to forget it. Today, we're looking back at the first annual Strong Families Celebration from this July and soaking in the good summer vibes while they last, and remembering the importance of celebrating families for all they do all year.


Hanging out with our friend and event sponsor, EcoPrint GR

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. 


Welcome, Community Connections Coordinator Jackie Hernandez!

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. 


Testing Water in Childcare Facilities: National Report Finds Need to Standardize

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. 


Don't Be Too Cool For School

Guest Blogger Megan Kretz of the Kent Country Department of Public Works shares her tips for keeping kids safe this summer.


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