Sign Up Here for Lansing Lead Education Day

Sign up here to join us for a free bus trip to Lansing! We will be meeting  directly with Michigan state legislators to learn and to share concerns about childhood lead poisoning. 

Free breakfast and lunch is included. Questions? Contact Talor Musil at 616-241-3300


Lead Poisoning: It's in Your Head

As part of participating with National Public Health Week, the task is to connect to specific themes about public health; today’s is mental and behavioral health. And, the connection isn’t as distant as it may seem. Saturnism is in the past in name only – lead continues to influence the mental health and development of children and adults.

Modern childhood lead poisoning doesn’t produce tortured genius, but instead potential lifelong challenges with mental health. Lead poisoning affects every physiological system in the body, and the brain and nervous system are not immune.


Lifting Parent Voices, The COFI Way

Every second Monday of the month at 5pm, the conference room at the Healthy Homes Coalition fills up with parents. They file in, greet each other warmly and find their usual seats.

Over a quick dinner, weekly stories are swapped and pictures are shared as parents catch up. Parents for Healthy Homes meetings are part support group, part advocacy work, part leadership training class, and all parent connection.

The leadership training component is a result of our relationship with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), a nonprofit organization based out of Chicago which connects parents to one another, helping turn their voices in actionable change.  COFI was created in 1995, with former community organizer Barack Obama as a founding member.

 


Report: Stress from Living in Poor Quality Housing Impacts Children's Wellbeing

According to recent issue brief published by the MacArthur Foundation, parents’ stress from living in poor quality and unstable homes takes a toll on children’s wellbeing. The brief, entitled Poor Quality Housing Is Tied to Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Problems, examines how housing characteristics impact the wellbeing of children and families. 


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