NCHH and CEHN Celebrating 30… Together and in Action

In 1992, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) began their fights for healthier environments. Now in 2022, NCHH and CEHN are both celebrating their 30th anniversaries. In addition to a shared history, the organizations share values, connected missions, and a track record of innovating ways to­­­ collaborate and amplify each other’s work. As we reflect on what we’ve achieved together over the past 30 years, we’re also excited about setting the stage for what we can accomplish together over the next three decades. We’re proud of being a model for how organizations can collaborate instead of compete to advance their missions, and we couldn’t be prouder to celebrate our shared history (and shared future!) by committing to 30 joint actions to advance children’s environmental health and healthy housing.

Amanda Reddy, NCHH Executive DIrector, and Nse Obot Witherspoon, CEHN Executive DIrector.

Over the next year, we’ll be use this page to share at least 30 ways we’re advancing the fields of children’s environmental health protection and healthy, safe, accessible homes with a primary focus on equitable solutions. Rooted in the overlapping values and strategic goals of both organizations, our actions will support our work to promote the development of sound public health policy, continue our commitment to research (e.g., identifying and disseminating practical and proven steps), equip communities, policymakers, and practitioners with sound data, and communicate broadly and effectively about our messages.

The Thirty Actions Campaign

We’re pleased to announce the first wave of joint actions in this campaign to advance children’s environmental health and healthy housing.

To announce our intentional and active plans for our 30th anniversary celebrations, executive directors Nsedu Obot Witherspoon (CEHN) and Amanda Reddy (NCHH) will coauthor a blog about why we’re doing this work (the blog’s publication will coincide with Children’s Environmental Health Day, October 13, 2022). Our alignment is about more than just the shared missions of our organizations; it’s a model of how organizations can collaborate instead of compete and a story of how true partnerships can built from mentorship, friendship, and mutual support.

Launch the 2022 Children’s Environmental Health and Healthy Housing Summer Fellowship
CEHN and NCHH have launched a new and unique paid summer fellowship opportunity in which the chosen applicant will work with both CEHN and NCHH on a personalized program covering various aspects of environmental health. In this inaugural year, NCHH and CEHN are hosting two fellows from May to August 2022. This paid summer fellowship program gives BIPOC students with an interest in environmental health an opportunity to intern with two national organizations leading the fight for healthier environments. Fellows will be able to contribute to projects related to healthy housing and children’s environmental health, gain valuable insight into the role of national nonprofits in the fields of environmental health and healthy housing, and network with two national organizations and two executive directors for the time investment of one fellowship. Read more about the fellowship here and learn more about Sanchez Rolle and Bailey Ward, our summer 2022 fellows, here.

Establish the Getting Ahead of Lead Network
NCHH and CEHN, together with the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), have established a train-the-trainer, diverse learning cohort of 31 home-based child care professionals across the U.S. This cohort, the Getting Ahead of Lead Network, is equipping rural and urban home-based child care providers to identify and address lead hazards in their home-based child care facilities and providing them the tools and knowledge they need to train others in their communities to do the same, using our co-branded Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care and Lead-Safe Toolkit for Center-Based Child Care.

Initiate a Series of Child Care Provider Roundtables 
In April 2022, NCHH and CEHN convened the first of two roundtables, Understanding Barriers to Lead Repair in Family Child Care, a virtual roundtable of family child care providers, the nongovernmental organizations they routinely work with, and healthy homes practitioners to discuss the challenges they face in getting their child care homes tested and cleared of lead hazards. The discussion from this event will inform a second roundtable, Overcoming Barriers to Lead Repair in Family Child Care, in which governmental and philanthropic funders, financing decision-makers, and private sector individuals who invest in social good will brainstorm effective solutions to the identified challenges.

Open a New Grant Opportunity
NCHH, in partnership with CEHN and NAFCC, opened a 2022 Lead and Healthy Housing Mini-Grant opportunity to support home-based child care providers. The $30,000 funding opportunity, “Innovative Strategies to Support Home-Based Child Care Providers,” aims to help a community pursue and/or implement its idea of how best to create a financing solution for home-based child care providers and others to address lead and other environmental hazards in child care homes. The opportunity includes an option for additional coaching support from a network of national experts. This grant’s purpose is to support effective, innovative, and equitable solutions to improve access to healthy housing funding to child care providers. Finalists will be announced soon!

For those of you counting, we’re up to four actions already! Check back often as we’ll be adding many more over the next year.

About the Organizations

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is a leading national nonprofit dedicated to securing healthy homes for all. Since 1992, NCHH has served as a highly regarded and credible change agent, successfully integrating healthy housing advocacy, research, and capacity building under one roof to reduce health disparities nationwide.

The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is a national multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. Today, CEHN is the voice of children’s environmental health in the nation’s capital, one that is uniquely informed by a strong basis in pediatric and environmental health science.