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

 

 

 


Healthy Homes Moving Party

Thank you to everyone who came out to our moving party at the Meanwhile. We appreciated seeing so many faces, and we raised a total of $1,375 between donations, tips and 30% of sales! 

Our special guest, Frassandra the Cockroach, along with Representative Winnie Brinks and Commissioner Jim Talen, helped us raffle Slows BBQ gift cards in celebration of their upcoming opening in the downtown market. 

Were you unable to make it to the Meanwhile but still want to help with the move? You can sign up here to volunteer to help with moving or you can donate here.

Click here to see more pictures!

 


[Event] Training Opportunity: Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners

When: November 6 & 7 - 8:30am-5:00pm
Where: Home Repair Services
             1100 S. Division
             Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Cost: Free with optional lunch

The 2-day training will help you understand the connection between health and housing and how to take a holistic approach to identify and resolve problems that threaten the health and well-being of residents. 

Register Online Here! 


[Event] Lead Safe Painting and Home Repair Class

October 29th, 2014 - 1:00-2:30pm. Planning on making repairs to your pre-1978 home now or in the future? You are invited to a FREE class to learn how to keep your children safe while making repairs to your home.  Where: Home Repair Services, 1100 South Division, Grand Rapids


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