Events and Resources for National Healthy Homes Month 2022

Many excellent events and resources will soon available for National Healthy Homes Month 2022. We’ll expand this listing regularly as new events are announced, so visit this page often.

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Chat

June 22 (Wednesday)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET:
#NHHMchat

  • Description: NCHH will host its fourth 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 22 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 2022 #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. Be sure to check out the full slate of webinars from HUD and other organizations on our list below. 

June 1 (Wednesday)

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET:
Welcome to National Healthy Homes Month 2022
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: Participants will explore the evolution of the “Eight Principles of a Healthy Home.” Practicing these fundamental indoor environmental health concepts can improve the quality of life for residents in rural, suburban and urban areas alike. Panelists also will discuss efforts at improving messaging about the value of a healthy home, from initial construction through renovation. Finally, in the spirit of climate change and Environmental Justice (EJ), panelists will cover the ways the OLHCHH’s programs address these issues.
  • Presenters: Kevin Kennedy, Director of the Environmental Health Program at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, and Larry Zarker, CEO, Building Performance Institute. Michael Goldschmidt, National Director, Healthy Homes Partnership, serves as moderator. 
  • Registration: Register for Welcome to National Healthy Homes Month 2022 here; webinar ID: 881-579-075.

June 7 (Tuesday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Overview of the Lead Safe Housing Rule and the Lead Disclosure Rule
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: This webinar will focus on how these rules may impact the owners and managers of pre-1978 housing assisted through the HUD Offices of Community Planning and Development (CPD), Housing, and Public and Indian Housing (PIH). Panel members will cover the A-B-Cs of compliance in assisted housing. Lead-based Paint (LBP) knowledge gained due to required evaluations under the Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR), or otherwise, must be disclosed to prospective tenants or buyers of pre-1978 housing units during leasing or sales transactions. Panelists will highlight the types of evaluations required under the LSHR for each housing assistance program and how the information is disclosed to residents. Panelists will then discuss the continuing lead safety implementation responsibilities of the owners. OLHCHH panelists will cover how the different subparts of the rule apply to the different types of housing assistance.
  • Presenters: Dr. Warren Friedman, Senior Advisor to the OLHCHH Director; and Bruce Haber, Director, Program and Regulatory Support Division.
  • Registration: Register for Overview of the Lead Safe Housing Rule and the Lead Disclosure Rule here; webinar ID: 204-455-947.

June 14 (Tuesday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Creating Lead Safe and Healthy, Affordable Homes at Any Age (Part One). 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: This session will highlight the many benefits that can be attained under the OLHCHH grant programs. Panelists focus on local efforts that have paid off. The reading and understanding of a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), and writing an acceptable application are key, but are just two, early, pieces of the overall effort.
  • Presenters: Darren Parmer, Lead Program Manager, Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, City of Lancaster, PA; James Brooks, Diirector of Housing Development and Healthy Homes, City of Worcester, MA; Steve Zivny, City Planner, City of Omaha Planning Department, NE; and Randy Jepperson, Housing Director, Salt Lake County, UT.
  • Registration: Register for Creating Lead Safe and Healthy, Affordable Homes at Any Age (Part One) here; webinar ID: 183-076-291.

June 16 (Thursday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Insights on How to Be Successful Once You Have a Grant (Part Two) 
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

  • Description: This session, a follow-up to the Part One webinar, will highlight the important elements for becoming a successful grant. The session will cover how important it is to pull together various community groups as well as the grant staff management/staff for effective implementation, and recommended techniques for accomplishing these goals, such as involving a program champion – a team member with a strong ability to lead others on the team. This team also includes the program director, (day-to-day) program manager, grant administrative staff, inspectors and contractors. It takes a team.
  • Presenters: Melisa Illies, Hennepin County (MN) Housing and Economic Development; and Sonya Frick, Unit Manager, Lead Safe Housing Program, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy Homes Section.
  • Registration: Register for Insights on How to Be Successful Once You Have a Grant (Part Two) here; webinar ID: 640-548-315.

June 21 (Tuesday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Overcoming COVID and Other Major Grant Program Stressors – Now and in the Future
Presented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. 

  • Description: The pandemic has hindered grant performance in many ways. It continues to pose challenges for OLHCHH grantees in program implementation, including outreach, property enrollment, hazard remediation, staffing and other facets. Consequently, this webinar will cover lessons learned from the pandemic so far, and how they can be applied to the rest of the pandemic and to other major stressors on grant programs.
  • Presenters: Ayda Posso, Outreach Coordinator, Lead Safe Housing Program, Housing and Community Development, Salt Lake City, UT; Muhammad Shahid Farhad, Program Manager, and Velva Martinez, Administration Manager, Lead Program, both with the Houston, TX, Health Department; Faris Fakhouri, Chief of Housing Inspections, Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department; and Jillian Bolino, Program Manager, Cleveland Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program.
  • Registration: Register for Overcoming COVID and Other Major Grant Program Stressors – Now and in the Future here; webinar ID: 974-998-483.

June 28 (Tuesday)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET:
Improving Indoor Air Quality in Affordable Housing: What the Research Tells Us and Recommended Interventions
Presented by the National Center for Healthy Housing and Enterprise Community Partners.

  • Description: Mechanical systems to ventilate homes could save thousands of lives and prevent major health consequences, based on a new study by Enterprise Community Partners and the National Center for Healthy Housing. This webinar brings together researchers, green building experts, and ground-level advocates to unpack the study’s recommendations and explore the how the affordable housing industry can overcome financial and logistical barriers to bring the benefits of continuous mechanical ventilation to more residents.
  • Presenters:Krista Egger, Vice President of National Initiatives, Enterprise Community Partners, and Jonathan Wilson, Deputy Director, National Center for Healthy Housing; additional speakers will be announced.
  • Registration: Register for Improving Indoor Air Quality in Affordable Housing: What the Research Tells Us and Recommended Interventions here.

NCHH Resources from Past Healthy Homes Months

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Webinar: Natural Allies: Partnering to Improve Health and the Environment Through Housing

This webinar was originally broadcast June 1, 2021. Watch it on YouTube.

The leadoff webinar in HUD OLHCHH’s “The Power of Partnerships” series, Natural Allies, explored the reasons 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, they’re rarely in conversation or partnership with healthy housing practitioners. The panelists will identify opportunities for increased collaboration and discuss why it’s 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.

 

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.