Archived State and Local Policy Projects

Boston One Touch: Action Steps for Healthier and Greener Homes for Boston Families
NCHH joined an array of Boston-based partners to develop and promote “one-touch” service across city lead, asthma, and injury programs.

Grassroots Advocacy Network
With the support of The Kresge Foundation, NCHH expanded its efforts to eradicate unhealthy living conditions through a new initiative called the Grassroots Advocacy Network for Healthy Housing. The Grassroots Advocacy Network developed local solutions to the challenging problem of substandard housing and neighborhoods. NCHH facilitated peer communication, offered technical assistance and capacity building support, disseminated promising practices in organizing and housing policy, and provided opportunities for involvement in national advocacy work.

Health Impact Assessment
Health impact assessment (HIA) is a fast-growing field that helps policymakers to take advantage of opportunities by bringing together scientific data, health expertise, and public input to identify the potential—and often overlooked—health effects of proposed new laws, regulations, projects, and programs. It offers practical recommendations for ways to minimize risks and capitalize upon opportunities to improve health. HIA gives federal, tribal, state, and local legislators, public agencies, and other decision makers the information they need to advance smarter policies today to help build safe, thriving communities tomorrow.

Healthy Housing Capacity Building and Technical Assistance Initiative
This initiative provided technical assistance (TA) and/or capacity building to solve a specific challenge or barrier to advancing healthy housing. Successful applicants received 50 hours of TA from NCHH staff over a period of up to six months (between early December 2012 and May 31, 2013), one site visit (if needed) from NCHH staff to provide in-person TA and support, and the opportunity to participate in four “learning network” webinars with other program participants. These meetings provided targeted trainings, highlighted relevant opportunities for healthy homes, and shared new research.

State Health Department Policies for Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels
NCHH asked state health departments about their policies for intervening for children with elevated blood lead levels. This document summarizes the information received. Note that local health departments were not queried, and many have policies that are distinct from the state. [pdf; NCHH, 2008]

Updating and Evaluating Lead Case Management Policies
Another Link in the Chain: State Policies and Practices for Case Management and Environmental Investigation for Lead-Poisoned Children comprehensively analyzed survey responses and reviewed all 50 states’ (and Washington, DC’s) progress on key indicators to pinpoint the need for specific program improvements.