Events and Resources for National Healthy Homes Month 2021

Many excellent events and resources will soon available for National Healthy Homes Month 2021. We’ll expand this listing regularly as new events are announced, so visit this page often.

Help us help you get the word out! If you have an event for National Healthy Homes Month you’d like to promote, contact us here.

Chat

June 23 (Wednesday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
#NHHMchat

  • Description: NCHH will host its third annual National Healthy Homes Month-themed Twitter chat to exchange ideas, spread awareness, and take action on home hazard prevention and implementing effective healthy homes policies. As in years past, the chat is held near the end of National Healthy Homes Month to collect and amplify all the great healthy homes learning opportunities and resources that are shared throughout the month of June by advocates, researchers, and government offices. To participate, follow along on June 23 when @NCHH posts questions starting at 3:00 p.m. ET. Share your thoughts and ideas on policies, data, practices, and resources for healthy homes. Be sure to use #NHHMchat in your tweets, so the chat participants can easily follow you and others during this event.
  • Registration: Register for the 2021 #NHHMchat here. Note that early registrants will receive advance access to the chat questions.  

Webinars

Among the most popular events of National Healthy Homes Month are the webinars produced by the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. This year, NCHH is honored to help kick off the 2021 series with Natural Allies (details below), and we encourage you to tune in for it on Tuesday, June 1, at 11 a.m. ET. But don’t stop there—be sure to check out the full slate of webinars from HUD and other organizations on our list below..

June 1 (Tuesday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET:
Natural Allies: Partnering to Improve Health and the Environment Through Housing
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes; panel selected by the National Center for Healthy Housing.

  • Description: This session will explore the reasons why housing is often left out of conversations about improving our environment, what we can do about it, and why it matters for healthy housing. Major environmental groups have robust agendas related to climate change, clean water, and air quality but, despite these common interests, are not often in conversation or partnership with healthy housing practitioners. The panelists will identify opportunities for increased collaboration and discuss why it is essential for advancing common goals related to the environment, healthy housing, health, and equity.
  • Presenters: Amanda Reddy, MS, Executive Director, National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH); Dan Chu, MS, Executive Director, Sierra Club Foundation; Surili Sutaria Patel, MS, Vice President, Metropolitan Group; and Tom Neltner, JD, CHMM, Chemicals Policy Director, Environmental Defense Fund; 
  • Registration: Register for Natural Allies: Partnering to Improve Health and the Environment Through Housing here; webinar ID: 415-426-499.

June 3 (Thursday)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET:
Building Green – Making Affordable Housing More Affordable
Presented by the Connecticut Green Building Council; sponsored by Pella.

  • Description: Better quality. High performance. Healthy housing. High standard. Are these words that come to mind when you think of affordable housing? If not, this webinar will help you understand why they should be. Join this webinar for a deep dive into Willow Creek Phases I & II, an urban, LEED Gold certified affordable housing development in the Blue Hills neighborhood of Hartford, CT. The redevelopment of the inefficient and decrepit 1950s barrack-style housing project, Bowles Park, is aimed at enhancing the quality of life for mixed-income residents through the incorporation of green building design measures. Driven by funding source goals and increased developer awareness, green building design raises the bar for affordable developments. The green-affordable duo delivers healthy, efficient and low-utility, low-maintenance housing; minimizing the impact to the local ecosystem, and strengthening community through contextually appropriate and truly affordable housing.
  • Presenters: Laura Crosskey, Crosskey Architects; Michael Weissbrod, Crosskey Architects; Karla Butterfield, Steven Winter Associates; and Mark Gendron, Acorn Consulting Engineers.
  • Registration: Register for Building Green – Making Affordable Housing More Affordable here.

June 8 (Tuesday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET:
Cross-Sector Partnering Towards Holistic Housing, with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI)
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes; panel selected by the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative.

  • Description: This session will feature three innovative cross-sector partners working with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative to support sustainable funding and service delivery of holistic housing health and energy interventions and advance racial and environmental justice.
  • Presenters: Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative; Kate Sommerfeld
    President, National Social Determinants of Health, ProMedica; Chris Coll, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; and Peggy Shephard, Co-Founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice.
  • Registration: Register for Cross-Sector Partnering Towards Holistic Housing, with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) here; webinar ID: 245-727-595.

June 10 (Thursday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Equity Through the Built Environment: Healthy Home for Healthy Aging
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: Aging at home is the way most older adults would like to spend the later years of their lives. While aging in community may be the almost universal preference, its not always easy, particularly in underserved communities. During this session, Dr. Szanton will examine the challenges and opportunities for aging in community with a specific emphasis on addressing health equity. In addition, she will talk about the CAPABLE program, a peer-reviewed approach that focuses on what matters to most low income older adults in their own home. CAPABLE addresses the barriers older adults face, with skill development, occupational therapy and nursing assessment and planning, home repair and environmental modification.
  • Presenters: Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN; and Patricia M. Davidson, Health Equity and Social Justice Endowed Professor, Director, Center on Innovative Care in Aging, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.
  • Registration: Register for Equity Through the Built Environment: Healthy Home for Healthy Aging here; webinar ID: 847-222-291.

June 15 (Tuesday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET:
Partnering to Close the Gaps in Smoke-Free Homes Protections 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: A healthy home is a smoke-free home, free of the serious health harms caused by secondhand smoke. Unfortunately, the home is increasingly the main source of secondhand smoke exposure for millions of people in the U.S. In fact, housing is the leading source of secondhand smoke exposure for children, and those living in multiunit housing are less likely to enjoy smoke-free protections. Learn about trends and emerging issues in smoke-free homes, how cross-sector partnerships are successfully extending protections to populations experiencing disparities in smoke-free homes, and free or low-cost resources to help you promote smoke-free homes.
  • Presenters: Nakki A. Price, PhD, MPhil, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health; Kara Skahen, MSW, MPP, Live Smoke Free, Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota; and Michelle Kegler, DrPH, Emory Prevention Research Center, Rollins School of Public Health.
  • Registration: Register for Partnering to Close the Gaps in Smoke-Free Homes Protections here; webinar ID: 279-471-035.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Critical Partnerships to End Take Home Lead  |
Críticas Cooperaciones para Acabar con el Plomo que se lleva a Casa
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Note: This webinar will be delivered in English and Spanish in that order.  | 
    Nota: Tenga en cuenta que esta presentación se realizará en inglés y español.
  • Description: This session will explain the concept of take-home exposures and describe structural vulnerabilities associated with work and home that partly explain the persistence of childrens’ lead poisoning, and current efforts to develop and evaluate interventions to prevent lead take home.  |  Descripción: Esta sesión explicará el concepto de exposiciones que se llevan a casa y describirá las vulnerabilidades estructurales asociadas con el trabajo y el hogar que explican en parte la persistencia de la intoxicación por plomo en los niños y los esfuerzos actuales para desarrollar y evaluar intervenciones para prevenir que el plomo se lleve a casa.
  • Presenter  |  Presentadora: Diana Ceballos, PhD, MS, CIH. 
  • Registration: Register for Critical Partnerships to End Take Home Lead here; webinar ID: 604-933-739.
    Registración: Registrar por Críticas Cooperaciones para Acabar con el Plomo que se lleva a Casa aquí; webinar ID: 604-933-739.

June 17 (Thursday)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET:
Increasing Access to the Hard-to-Reach and Underserved Communities Using the Promotor and Faith-Based Outreach Model 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: This session will explore best practices on how to successfully reach and empower the hard-to-reach audience through the Promotors and Faith Based Institution Model. Targeting underserved communities is challenging for even the largest and best-funded institutions. CAF will share insights on delivering information to communities challenged by the lack of trust in governments and other institutions, language barriers, and other divides. These concerns can exacerbate disparities and racial inequities, regarding public environmental justice and affordable housing issues.
  • Presenters: Walkira Pool, President and Founder, Centro de Apoyo Familiar (CAF); and Damaris Frias, COO and Co-Founder, Centro de Apoyo Familiar.
  • Registration: Register for Increasing Access to the Hard-to-Reach and Underserved Communities Using the Promotor and Faith-Based Outreach Model here; webinar ID: 377-000-915.

June 22 (Tuesday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Radon and Citizen Science: Public Engagement to Increase Education and Outreach
Presented by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST). 

  • Description: TBA.
  • Presenters: TBA.
  • Registration: Register for Radon and Citizen Science: Public Engagement to Increase Education and Outreach here

June 24 (Thursday)

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET:
The Power of Partnerships – Homeflow – Improving Indoor Air Quality and Other Healthy Home Factors that Increase Engagement of Economically Disadvantaged Families of Title 1 Schools 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: This session will examine the Homeflow factors related to the functionality and efficiency of home operations, air quality, and family routines that can improve and increase cohesion within the family and community and where families can adopt financial and time savings strategies.
  • Presenters: Jenny Rodriguez, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, University of Florida Extension (Orange County); Johanna Gomez, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, University of Florida Extension (Osceola County); Nelly Nelson, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, University of Florida Extension (Manatee County); and Jennifer Hagen, Family Consumer Sciences Agent, University of Florida Extension (Lee County).
  • Registration: Register for The Power of Partnerships – Homeflow – Improving Indoor Air Quality and Other Healthy Home Factors that Increase Engagement of Economically Disadvantaged Families of Title 1 Schools here; webinar ID: 312-395-347.

June 30 (Thursday)

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET:
Lead-Based Paint Awareness, Healthy Homes and Healthy Communities in Alabama 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: This session will examine how key partnerships between HUD OLCHHH, University of Alabama, Alabama Department of Public Health (including the Alabama Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program), and the City of Tuscaloosa are active in Alabama communities delivering outreach and education regarding lead and other environmental hazards. In addition to the community outreach, a more extensive community-based, health-related quality-of-life survey is being developed.
  • Presenters: Michael Rasbury, Associate Director, UA SafeState, University of Alabama; Steven McDaniel, Director, Indoor Air Quality and Lead Branch, Alabama Department of Public Health; Chip Cates, PG, Program Manager, Lead Hazard Abatement Program, City of Tuscaloosa; and Sharlene Newman, PhD, Director, Alabama Life Research Institute, Professor, Psychology Department, Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alabama.
  • Registration: Register for Lead-Based Paint Awareness, Healthy Homes and Healthy Communities in Alabama here; webinar ID: 614-386-187.

NCHH Resources from NHHM2020

 

Webinar: Bridging Silos: Local Environmental Health Collaborations Leading to Primary Prevention
“Collaboration has been defined as ‘an unnatural act between non-consenting adults.’ We all say we want to collaborate, but what we really mean is that we want to continue doing things as we have always done them while others change to fit what we are doing.” said former Surgeon General (and NCHH board member) Dr. Joycelyn Elders. But when we compromise and work together, we can overcome seemingly impossible odds and achieve greatness. In this webinar, drawing from her recent book, Bridging Silos: Collaborating for Environmental Health and Justice in Urban Communities, Dr. Katrina Korfmacher explores the challenges, successes, and lessons learned about collaboration via three case studies: equity in Duluth’s built environment; consideration of health in decisions related to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; and lead poisoning prevention in Rochester, in which a disparate group of people from all walks of life pooled their individual skills talents to conquer the lead problem in Rochester.