Translating Research into Healthy Homes Improvements
Practitioners traditionally rely on conferences and publications to introduce and explain new research. Yet, they need additional forums to ensure that research results are timely and to provide an interactive exploration of the findings.
With funding and guidance from HUD‘s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NCHH and ACI (now the Home Performance Coalition) organized a series of calls for health and housing professionals interested in getting the latest word on intriguing healthy homes research and participating in a discussion on its implications and applications.
The call series ran from October 2008 to January 2009.
A nonprofit organization founded as the Affordable Comfort Conference in 1986, ACI was rooted in defining the best way to make homes energy efficient without harming the residents and the building. ACI merged with the National Home Performance Council (NHPC) in 2014 to become the Home Performance Coalition.
Summary of Presentations
One week before each call, NCHH and ACI sent out an announcement on Healthyhomesnet and other relevant listservs providing the agenda and details on the upcoming call. After the call, NCHH posted and updated the materials based on questions raised.
The general agenda for the call was:
3:00 ET Welcome and Introductions – NCHH
3:05 Updates and Review of Previous Calls
3:15 Spotlight on a Research
Discussion of Implications and Applications
3:50 Suggestions for Topics for Future Calls
NCHH announced the calls on the Healthyhomesnet listserv. The listserv was managed by the Alliance for Healthy Homes to promote and sustain health considerations in renovation, maintenance, operation, and construction of housing. It also focuses on maintenance and rehab of existing properties, practices and policies that apply to low-income housing, holistic approaches, and primary prevention. Join the listserv.