The Need for Universal Lead Testing

At Healthy Homes Coalition, we advocate for universal testing, lead paint removal & correction, and continuing knowledge of the issue. You should ask for your child to be tested for lead every year, up to age 3, and yearly up to age 5 if lead hazards are present in home. Once you have evidence of lead in the home, take action. If you live in Kent County, you can call Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan for a home environmental hazards screening, which can identify causes of lead poisoning and remove the hazards through case management. 


The Fight to End Lead Poisoning Isn't Over

One of the pillars of Healthy Homes Coalition’s outreach is to decrease lead exposure and poisoning in children. Lead poisoning can slow down growth and development, cause hearing and speech difficulties, lower IQ, cause reduction of lifetime earnings and even cause higher rates of incarceration. Most lead poisoning in Kent County results from lead paint hazards, so preventing lead poisoning requires removing those risks.


Summer of (socially distant) Connection

While the pandemic has changed a lot, summer is still a time of reconnection with the community.  With demands on families changing as the school year begins, we focused on getting the word out about our programs in as many ways as possible this summer.


COVID-19 Leads to Innovation

In January 2020, the Healthy Homes Coalition was notified that the voter-approved Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage would be supporting efforts to increase primary prevention of lead poisoning and other housing-related health outcomes for children in Kent County. This culminated years of work with numerous partners who provide home visiting services in an effort to check and test homes before children are hurt.

Then COVID-19 hit...


Working Remotely to Help Families Have Safer Homes

While Healthy Homes' staff left the office and began working remotely back in March of this year, our commitment to help parents provide healthier homes for their children continues. This unique partnership is easy for Healthy Homes, because keeping parents in the driver's seat has always been one of our core values. Our strategic plan says "we will use a family-centered approach to promote housing environments where children thrive and achieve their highest potential."


Staying Safe at Home: Lead Safe Cleaning

Simple tricks to help you reduce the risk of lead exposure and keep the kids in your home safe.


Quedese Seguro en Casa: Limpieza en una manera segura del plomo

 

Trucos simples para ayudarlo a reducir el riesgo de exposición al plomo y mantener seguros a los niños en su hogar.


Staying Safe at Home: Gardening

Lead is a bit like the coronavirus in that it can be picked up when touching contaminated surfaces.  One of those surfaces is soil. With spring here, many people’s thoughts are turning to gardening, and it pays to not just be mindful of the virus at this time, but also the potential for lead in the soil if you are an urban gardener.


Mantenerse seguro en casa: Jardineria

El plomo es un poco como el coronavirus en el sentido de que se puede recoger al tocar superficies contaminadas. Una de esas superficies es el suelo. Con la primavera aquí, los pensamientos de muchas personas se están volcando a la jardinería, y vale la pena no solo tener en cuenta el virus en este momento, sino también el potencial de plomo en el suelo si eres un jardinero urbano.


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. 


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