Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids Helps Families Take Charge

When Laura's* son had an elevated lead level, a nurse with Cherry Health suspected the rental home could have lead hazards and referred the family to Healthy Homes. After helping the family perform dust wipe testing, Laura learned that their windows, entryway, and soil all had high lead levels. 


Contributing to Community

When Hugo, Jenn, and Lisa go to homes to help stop kids from hurting, their first order of business is to identify the things that are making the greatest contribution to harming children. Once they assess the environment, they know how much various factors are contributing to the problem.

At Healthy Homes, we talk about contributions all the time.


Join the Super-Clean Team!

Are you ready to roll up your sleeves to help a family make their home safe for their kids? Join the Super-Clean Team!


One Family's Fight for a Healthy Home

In 2015, one of the Lopez* family’s five kids went to the emergency room because his asthma was out of control. With the help of Healthy Homes, the family was able to address indoor asthma triggers and got their son's asthma back under control.  A couple of years later the Lopez family moved into a new home.  With the knowledge they learned working with Healthy Homes in 2015, they knew there was a lot of work to be done to make it safe for their kids.  


Raise the Standards on Lead

Recently the National Center for Healthy Housing provided the “TACTIC Report” to the City of Grand Rapids, uncovering missed opportunities and potential for Grand Rapids to raise the standard for healthier housing for children. 


Tasha's Story Helps Bring Change

When Tasha began attending Parents for Healthy Homes’ Monday Matters meetings, she wasn’t sure where she fit in. Tasha’s son was poisoned by lead in the ’90s. At the meetings, she found strength in learning she wasn’t the only one that had to fight for her child.

She says, “you don’t find a lot of parent groups that have the support, and they’re trying to take action... there is a small group of us, but we fight for so many parents.”


Making the Invisible Visible

What the Eyes Don't See is the title of Flint heroine Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s book about the Flint water crisis. It’s an appropriate title for a book where behind the scenes dealing resulted in thousands of children ingesting lead through their drinking water. However, it's also an accurate statement when it comes to children being poisoned by lead in communities like Grand Rapids that have long had safe drinking water.

We need to be able to see lead. The technology to measure lead in the environment has existed for decades.  This technology needs to be used to stop kids from hurting. Learn five specific ways to make invisible lead hazards visible.

 


Good Process + Great People = Healthy Kids

Did you know that the Healthy Homes Coalition is the number one source of referrals for the Get the Lead Out!  home repair program? It’s no surprise given the expert work of Jackie Hernandez, our Community Connections Coordinator.  

Executive Director Paul Haan will tell you it is Jackie Hernandez, our Community Connections Coordinator, is making it happen. “Jackie is unapologetic in her passion for helping kids and families succeed. Whether it’s her role as a Godfrey Lee school board member or her work at Healthy Homes, Jackie is 100% prepared to take action for her community!”


Healthy Homes in the News

Parents, a Healthy Homes Coalition board member, and staff were all featured on a Michigan Radio news story. We are sharing it here in case you missed it.

In the words of one of Healthy Homes’ newest board members, grandparent Lisa Matthews, "“People think (lead) is a small problem, but it’s a very big problem. I know it takes time to do something about it … I’m just sayin’ what are we going to do now?”

Healthy Homes is eager to begin working with the City and community partners to implement the solutions recommended in this report.


Spotlight: Lisa's Peer Education visits take off!

Lisa Matthews' reputation as a connected community member precedes her—she has helped her neighbors access and navigate area resources for years.  Lisa dedicates her time to a lot of important community work. One priority is providing her neighbors with lead education visits. She has been instrumental in helping the peer education group she is a member of complete 44 peer-to-peer lead education visits in a matter of months.


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