Tomorrow Begins National Healthy Homes Month!
National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) is being held for the second time during June 2017. This month-long celebration offers an opportunity to learn more about housing and its impact on health and provide resources to encourage local activities as well as empower families to protect themselves from hazards in their home. June’s outreach activities aim to greatly boost awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available to make a difference in the lives of all residents, regardless of where they live. Learn more and get involved! Visit the Hud.gov Healthy Homes website.
Health and comfort has been at the heart of HPC/ACI conferences from the original Affordable Comfort conference in 1986. Since then, conference sessions have discussed indoor air quality (IAQ), the need for health housing, how to make homes healthy, and the link between and importance of healthy homes and occupant health.
Just this year at the 2017 HPC National Conference & Trade Show hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), there were a number of technical and programmatic sessions on IAQ & Healthy Homes at the conference, like Indoor Air Quality 101 and Healthy Homes Principles Overview.
The IAQ & Healthy Homes track at this year’s conference featured presenters discussing current research, healthy housing developments and trends, and ways to improve homes’ health and comfortable. These sessions were presented by industry influencers, such as:
• Kevin Kennedy, Director, Environmental Health, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri
• Ellen Tohn, Principal, Tohn Environmental Strategies
• Jonathan Wilson, Director of Research and CFO, National Center for Healthy Housing
• Ruth Ann Norton, President & CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
• Larry Zarker, CEO, Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI)
Kevin Kennedy, Director of Environmental Health at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri and Joe Medosch, Owner of Energy & Environmental Consulting llc presented Healthy Homes Principles Overview. This workshop discussed the basic principles of healthy homes, provided an overview of the relationship between health and housing and what the latest research says about how home environmental health can impact the health outcomes of occupants.
HPC is excited to partner with HUD’s National Healthy Homes Month campaign. Over the next few weeks, we will share a variety of related sessions and information demonstrating HPC’s commitment to healthy homes via our work in projects, policy and education. We hope you also get involved and follow #NHHM2017 on twitter.
The Home Performance Coalition is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with industry leaders in the home performance and weatherization industries. HPC collaborates with like-minded organizations to ensure all homes are healthy, comfortable, and energy-efficient through research, education and outreach.
General Healthy Homes Information:
• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - www.hud.gov Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes- www.hud.gov/healthyhomes
• Office of Education and Outreach, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunitywww.hud.gov/fairhousing
• U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service for your state land grant university: www.nifa.usda.gov/extension or www.eXtension.org
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov
• U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov (800) CDC-INFO/ (800) 232-4636
• U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission www.cpsc.gov (800) 638-2772
• U.S. Department of Energy www.energy.gov
• Local or state health department: Look in your telephone book or online National Healthy Homes Partnership www.healthyhomespartnership.net
• National Center for Healthy Housing www.nchh.org
• Children’s Environmental Health Network www.cehn.org
• National Safety Council www.nsc.org
• Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units ww-w.aoec.org/pehsu.htm