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Register for GHHI’s 2020 “Maryland Virtual Lead Symposium: Session Two” (July 22)

Posted July 17, 2020.

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is a nonprofit organization that works to bring community leaders, policymakers, strategists and advocates from diverse communities together to engage and educate the public on new lead laws, foster prevention initiatives, and generate new resources to end childhood lead poisoning.

The Maryland Virtual Lead Symposium (Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET) will increase awareness of lead prevention efforts and resources through regional collaboration and education sessions. During this session, panelists will speak about topics at the intersection of health and housing in Maryland including lead poisoning, the impact of COVID-19, and why housing is an important social determinant of health. GHHI’s Lead Symposium is an opportunity to learn, grow, and work together to address lead poisoning and the resulting racial, economic, and health disparities that impact our communities.

For any questions about the 2020 Maryland Virtual Lead Symposium session two, contact Chevelle Bash, Outreach and Education Manager at cbash@ghhi.org or call 443-842-5715.

Wednesday, July 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET: Maryland Virtual Lead Symposium, Session Two.

Register here.

Register for “Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing: Creating Equitable, Diverse Neighborhoods and Communities,” a Webinar from the Center for Public Health Law Research, NLIHC, and NCHH (July 23)

Posted July 17, 2020.

The housing system extends beyond the four walls of an individual’s home. In Creating Equitable, Diverse Neighborhoods and Communities, the first webinar in a three-part series (collectively titled Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing), presenters from the Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research, Oak Park Regional Housing Center, and the Inclusive Communities Project will define the concept of health equity in housing, particularly as it relates to creating communities that are equitable and diverse. They will examine strategies to achieve this goal by introducing a case study on Oak Park, Illinois, and discussing housing mobility and the role research and evaluation play in supporting that goal.

This series explores the goal of health equity in housing through the lens of laws, policies, and other legal mechanisms to understand how those “levers” may support broad-reaching systems change to establish access to safe, affordable housing in richly diverse and supportive neighborhoods. The series is co-sponsored by the National Center for Healthy Housing, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

Thursday, July 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET: Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing: Creating Equitable, Diverse Neighborhoods and Communities.

Register here.

Presenters:

  • Scott Burris, JD, Professor and Director, Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law
  • Demetria McCain, President, Inclusive Communities Project
  • Athena Williams, Executive Director, Oak Park Regional Housing Center

Register for “Equity Through Public Health Law,” a Web Forum from CDC’s Public Health Law Program and NLAPH (July 23)

Posted July 17, 2020.

Health equity is determined by fair access to resources and comparable health outcomes between individuals but is shaped by larger social and political systems. In this web forum, Equity Through Public Health Law, CDC’s Public Health Law Program and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) examine the foundations of public health law and its relationship to public health equity. Speakers will discuss the scope of laws that impact social determinants of health in a community, covering topics such as regulations for safe food, clean water, healthy housing conditions, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, occupational safety and health, and medical practice.

Participants will engage with the speakers, learn to recognize key principles and procedural rules when exercising public health powers, and gain deeper familiarity with the major laws that shape our health systems.

Thursday, July 23, 2:30-4:00 p.m. ET: Equity Through Public Health Law

Join Brooke Lierman, GHHI, and Robin Hood for “The Urgent Need for Safe and Healthy Housing” (June 18)

Posted June 18, 2020.

Join GHHI President and CEO Ruth Ann Norton and Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore as they participate with host Brooke Lierman on June 18th at 2:00 PM EST in a discussion on the urgent need for safe and healthy housing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis and stay-at-home orders have heightened the focus on the eradication of toxins in homes in low income communities of color as a critical pathway to achieving racial and health equity.

RSVP here.

Register for HUD’s National Healthy Homes Month Webinars (June 23, June 25)

Posted June 18, 2020.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is hosting a series of webinars throughout the month on a variety of healthy homes topics. The target audiences for these informational webinars are a variety of stakeholders and partners. These encompass OLHCHH grantees, federal agencies, healthcare providers, HUD field staff, and others, depending on the topics.

This year, HUD’s theme of “Healthy Housing for All” underlines how the healthy homes model impacts such a wide range of residents. The continuing impact of the COVID-19 virus greatly increases the need for awareness of, and actions around, many indoor environmental health concerns.

June 23, 2:00 p.m. ET: The Longer Term Effectiveness of Home Asthma Interventions.

Register here.

Presenters:

  • David A. Turcotte, ScD, Research Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Helen Margellos-Anast, MPH, President, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Sinai Health System, Chicago, Illinois
  • Matthew Perzanowski, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City

Descriptions:

  • Dr. Turcotte: Asthma has many known indoor environmental triggers including dust, pests, smoke, and mold, as evidenced by the 25 million people in the U.S. population who have asthma. We conducted a HUD-funded multifaceted home environmental intervention projects with older adults in diverse low-income households. Our results provide significant evidence that these interventions work to improve environmental quality and health of this population with asthma over a one-year follow-up. We will describe the results from the initial intervention studies and the change from the end of the initial intervention to baseline assessment of the follow-up study.
  • Ms. Helen Margellos-Anas: Low-income and minority adults and children experience a disproportionate burden of asthma and associated poor health outcomes. Previous research supports that community health worker (CHW) led healthy homes interventions improve asthma outcomes amongst pediatric populations, however, there has been less research on the effectiveness of these programs with adults or on the longer-term effectiveness of interventions, a key consideration when quantifying economic impact. This webinar features findings from the Helping Chicago’s Westside Adults Breathe and Thrive HCWABT Maintenance Phase (HCWABT II) trial. The HCWABT II trial is the first study to examine the long-term effectiveness of CHW interventions for adults with poorly controlled asthma.
  • Mr. Matthew Perzanowski: He will focus on sustained environmental interventions to reduce asthma morbidity in low-income urban settings. Exposure to fungi (mold) and domestic allergens from mice and cockroaches are known triggers of asthma exacerbations. Thus, these are important targets for interventions to reduce asthma morbidity; however, sustained reduction in exposure is challenging. Columbia University, the Little Sisters of Assumption Family Health Service and The New York Academy of Medicine recently conducted an intervention study to evaluate established cost-effective methods for preventing and controlling fungi and excess moisture in the homes of children with asthma. The study focused on the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, a low-income, primarily Latino neighborhood with high asthma prevalence. The need for urban policy interventions to assist families in sustained reduction of asthma triggers will also be discussed.

June 25, 2:00 p.m. ET: Interventions to Help Seniors Safely Age in Place

Register here.

Presenters:

  • Jill V. Breysse, MHS, CIH, Project Manager, National Center for Healthy Housing, Columbia, MD.
  • Dr. Susan (Susy) L. Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Descriptions:

  • Ms. Breysee: The NCHH was funded to replicate the Johns Hopkins University CAPABLE model, a client-centered, home-based, integrated set of interventions utilizing an occupational therapist, a registered nurse, and a home repair professional to improve older adults’ mobility, functionality, and capacity to safely age in place. The ultimate goals of the Aging Gracefully project was to increase elderly residents’ control over their physical function and improve their housing conditions so they can remain in their homes and move more independently and safely inside and outside their homes. NCHH evaluated whether the CAPABLE could be successful in four diverse communities with different types of implementation organizations, housing stocks, and clients of varying backgrounds.
  • Dr. Starke: Community dwelling older adults with chronic health conditions face functional decline that impacts their ability to live independently. They are more likely to require assistance performing their daily activities and are at a substantially greater risk of falling. Compensating for impairments with environmental support and selfmanagement strategies can lessen the impact of functional decline, reduce the risk of falling and reduce the demand on health systems and caregivers. Dr. Stark’s clinical translational research seeks to develop and test the efficacy and effectiveness of compensatory interventions aimed at improving an older adults ability to age at home safely, elucidate their mechanism of action and implement programs to improve health outcomes.

Register for the 2020 #NHHMchat on Twitter (June 24)

Posted June 18, 2020.

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is hosting a Twitter chat for National Healthy Homes Month on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT).

Register for the #NHHMchat here. | View the Wakelet chat archive

Description: The 2020 #NHHMchat is an opportunity to exchange ideas, spread awareness, and inspire action on home hazard prevention and the implementation of effective healthy homes policies. The #NHHMchat aims to accomplish the following:

  1. Raise awareness of the importance of home assessments and their impact on health.
  2. Discuss available resources for local government, communities, property owners, and residents.
  3. Encourage strategic partnerships, regulatory action, and policies that promote healthy homes and lead poisoning prevention.
  4. Recap and collect all of the great healthy homes learning opportunities and resources shared throughout National Healthy Homes Month.

There are two ways to participate. The first is to RSVP here, which will get you early access to the Twitter chat questions. The second is simply to follow along on June 24 when @NCHH posts questions on Twitter, starting at 2:00 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 and retweets, so the chat participants can easily follow you and others during this event.

So get ready to talk about aging in place, asthma, code compliance, COVID-19, energy efficiency, health equity, injury prevention, lead poisoning, pest control, tenants’ rights, tobacco control, and whatever other healthy homes topics you want to shout about on Twitter next Wednesday, June 24!

Watch “After the Smoke Clears,” a New Webinar from the American Public Health Association (June 24)

Posted June 18, 2020. Updated July 17, 2020.

Register today for APHA’s webinar, After the Smoke Clears: How Wildfires Impact Our Health, on Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 -2:00 p.m. This webinar will explore how wildfire smoke impacts at-risk communities disproportionately and what advocates are doing to build community resilience. Surili Sutaria Patel will moderate the discussion with these esteemed panelists:

  • Will Barrett, Director of Clean Air Advocacy, American Lung Association in California
  • Wayne Cascio, Director of the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Melissa Nootz, Montana Field Organizer, Moms Clean Air Force

Register here | Watch the webinar (YouTube).

Register for a New Webinar from the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative (May 27)

Posted May 11, 2020. Updated June 18, 2020.

The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative has announced the latest webinar in their ongoing series. They’ll present Encouraging Customer-Initiated Lead Service Line Replacement: Two Case Studies on Wednesday, May 27, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET.

Register here | Watch the webinar (Adobe Connect).

Description: Lead service line (LSL) replacement is not a simple task. The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative has developed an online toolkit to help communities across the United States develop and implement replacement programs and is hosting a series of webinars to address specific topics related to this work.

This webinar in the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative’s series will explore customer-initiated replacement.

An important facet of a comprehensive lead service line (LSL) replacement program is ensuring customers have sufficient incentives to replace their lead pipe. In this webinar, we will feature two public water systems that have proactive programs enabling customers to voluntarily request LSL replacement. These systems have used a variety of tools to encourage LSL replacement, including online, interactive maps; streamlined contractor bidding; waivers of permit fees; grants to subsidize the costs; and education through redevelopment permits. We will also discuss the challenge of balancing participation to minimize health equity disparities.

Speakers and topics:

  • John Deignan with DC Water will present the utility’s decade of experience with customer-initiated LSL replacement with the customer paying for replacement on private property. In 2017-2018, the program had more than 300 replacements annually, up from less than 50 in the first five years of operation.
  • James Steinkrauss with Boston Water and Sewer Commission will share his utility’s experience encouraging customers to participate in a voluntary program to replace the LSL on private property and the impact of a $2,000 grant the utility offers to customers. Since 2016, the utility has replaced roughly 1,100 private LSLs.

Moderators:

  • Stephanie Schlea with Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
  • Tom Neltner with Environmental Defense Fund

View recordings of the previous Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative webinars here.

Advocacy Action

Join the “Cities Are Essential” Campaign

Posted May 11, 2020.

The National League of Cities (NLC) has launched an advocacy campaign, Cities Are Essential, to ask Congress for direct economic support for cities, towns, and villages dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. NLC is calling for $500 billion over two years to be split evenly between cities and counties in 2020 and $125 billion for cities only in 2021. You can join the campaign by downloading and sending a letter of support to your member of Congress.

Join NLC’s campaign and send a letter to your member of Congress.

Information Action

How Have COVID-19 and Social Distancing Affected Your Program?

Posted May 11, 2020.

During these challenging times, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) continues to communicate regularly with congressional offices, despite closures across the Capitol Hill. NCHH has heard from offices that one of the best ways for them to understand the impact of this situation on you as healthy housing practitioners is through stories.

NCHH has created a SurveyMonkey form to collect responses and express to Congress how your work has been impacted by COVID-19. The anecdotes you share will form a broader narrative about what the pandemic has done to the work that supports healthy housing and, more importantly, what we need to do to help mitigate gaps that may have occurred during the shutdown. This information will help NCHH and our partners work with Congress to provide as much support as possible in this vital work.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous when your stories are shared with congressional offices and others, all identifying information (including name, organization, and location) will be removed from your answers.

Share your story.

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Get Your State Healthy Housing Profile

The National Center for Healthy Housing is proud to present brand new fact sheets for each of the 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and a sheet for the U.S. as a whole. Each sheet contains a list of healthy housing statistics tailored for the state, including lead poisoning screenings, asthma prevalence rates, radon levels, carbon monoxide deaths, and falls among older adults. Every fact is hyperlinked to a resource providing more information. The sheets also list federal programs currently funding work in each state.

The fact sheets are ideal tool for educating members of Congress and other elected officials about healthy housing issues in your state. Email sarah@nshhcoalition.org if you’d like more information about how we can help you conduct congressional outreach.

Meet Your Member of Congress

Meeting with policy makers is a vital way both to share stories and information and to represent the diversity of interests that make up the healthy housing community.

Use our guide to holding meetings and events with members of Congress, including materials needed to get your meeting request process started.

Good luck with your outreach efforts, and don’t forget to share any pictures on social media so that we can link to you.

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