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

These free lead education workshops will take place in the family’s home with a visit from a community educator. The visit includes a visual assessment of lead risks, such as chipping or peeling paint. Participants will learn lead-safe cleaning practices and receive a free mop, bucket, and spray bottle

The home visits will be conducted completely by people who aren’t Healthy Homes staff. Many of these community educators are peers to the families they are working with, and several are part of Parents for Healthy Homes, the grassroots parent group that works alongside Healthy Homes.

These parent community educators largely live in the high lead risk areas themselves, and they have wide networks of friends, family, and neighbors to connect. Tabitha Williams, one of the parent leaders, shared her reason for becoming a community educator.

“I feel like people that have hands-on in this program have reach in the community. People that live in the community, and are parents, that live with these issues have a way to have a different way to connect and communicate with our neighbors."

Some of the community educators are passionate about the issue of safe housing, like Megan Kretz, who works for the Kent County Health Department. Peer education will especially help families who are waiting from a visit from our direct services staff, or those who are not eligible for Healthy Homes programming.   

Any family within Kent County is eligible for a peer community educator visit. If interested in a visit, or becoming a peer educator, please contact Healthy Homes at 616-241-3300.