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.


Direct Services Program Manager Jenn Spiller Accepts Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Fellowship

Jenn has accomplished many exciting things since starting with Healthy Homes in 2011, but she’s outdone herself this time. This spring, she’s been accepted as a fellow at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, pursuing a Masters in Public Health, focusing on environmental challenges.


Thank You, Steelcase Foundation, for Lifting Parent Voices

We are fortunate to receive support from donors like the Steelcase Foundation. Last year, Healthy Homes was awarded a two-year grant to complete a project centered around lifting community voices.

Because of the Steelcase’s generosity, parents in the community have been able to make major strides in having their voices heard, and having a seat at the table.


Local Family Shares Their Positive Experience with Get The Lead Out Program

Javonte Tubbs, a lifelong Grand Rapidian, recently had repairs on his home completed by the Get the Lead Out program to get rid of lead hazards, and he would recommend to anyone considering it. 


Just the Standard: The Lead Expectation

Lead poisoning in children is an unfortunate and pervasive standard across the United States. Affected children can be found easily within any major city, any state, any region. 3,810 neighborhood areas have recorded childhood lead poisoning rates at least double those found across Flint, Michigan, including our own in Grand Rapids.


Lead Hazards are Here: What Are You Prepared to Do?

The responsibility of dealing with lead is a tricky, complex problem without a single answer. But, WZZM’s continued coverage this week is a reminder of the simple truth: the kids in the community are still being hurt, and it isn’t their fault.  

So, what can you do about it?

 

 


Tabitha Talks: Lead Education Day

 

 

 


Why Parent Voices Matter More

Two stories featuring parents who are fighting to end childhood lead poisoned were told in local news this past week.

These two stories represent the voices of parents whose children are directly affected by the threat of lead poisoning in the community. They are just two of thousands more in the city.


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.”


Healthy Homes and KCHD Seek Answers to 30% Increase in Lead Poisoned Kids in GR in 2015

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).


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