Welcome, Tonya!

Please join us in welcoming Tonya Adkins-McKeever as the Interim Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan!


Thankful for 14 Years

Dear Friends and Supporters, after more than 14 years of leading the Healthy Homes Coalition, last week I informed the Board of Directors that I will be stepping down as the Executive Director effective October 31, 2020. This is a bittersweet time for me, as your commitment to action and justice has been nothing short of amazing.


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.


Home Screening Project Moves Forward

Thanks to support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the generosity of Mike and Susan Jandernoa, the Healthy Homes Coalition is busy working with our partners at Well Design to build an online home screening application.


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."


Mantenerse a salvo en casa: prueba de plomo en el suelo de su jardin

A medida que el clima cambia, muchas personas buscan comenzar a cultivar un huerto y pueden preocuparse por el contenido de plomo en el suelo de su jardín. Esta es una preocupación legítima para los jardineros urbanos dado el uso desenfrenado de plomo en pinturas domésticas y gasolina en el pasado. 


Staying Safe at Home: Testing Your Garden Soil for Lead

As the weather turns, many folks are looking to start gardening and may be concerned about the lead content in their garden soil. This is a legitimate concern for urban gardeners given the rampant use of lead in household paints and gasoline in the past. Healthy Homes Coalition Executive Director and avid gardener Paul Haan has some tips.


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.


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