Genesee Health System

420 West Fifth Avenue Flint, MI 48503

With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NCHH has funded two rounds of Healthy Homes Workforce Development Mini-Grants, with applications open during late 2017 and spring 2018. These mini-grants help communities develop their workforce capacity to offer home-visiting services related to healthy homes, and to build a pool of trained community health workers (CHWs) trained in the healthy homes principles.
Flint, Michigan, has battled an ongoing water crisis since April 2014, although it was not officially recognized as an emergency until January of 2016. Flint residents have been advised and urged to use state-distributed filters to eliminate lead particulates in their tap water. But a recent community survey found that many residents report that they are either not utilizing filters or do not feel confident in their knowledge or abilities to properly utilize and maintain these filters.
Leveraging many community partners, Genesee Health System will use its mini-grant to provide a train-the-trainer workshop. This workshop will provide vetted in-depth information, demonstration, and skill-building opportunities related to proper filter usage. The workshop will also provide material related to adult learning and a “how to train” segment with the goal that participants continuing to train other community members on appropriate filter usage. This workshop will also feature information on the other lead-elimination programs currently available to Flint residents, including the Lead Safe Home Program and the Flint Registry.

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