Wednesday 17th April, 2013
9:40am to 10:40am
Many families live in poor housing conditions with health and safety hazards (dust mites, roaches, mold, hazardous household chemicals, lead hazards, and carbon monoxide) which places the residents at risk for injury and illness (asthma, brain damage, behavior and learning problems, and poisonings). Children, the elderly, and economically disadvantaged are most vulnerable and bear the greatest burden of home environmental health hazards. In addition to the health problems created by environmental hazards in the home, there is an economic burden to the household as well as the community. The Healthy Homes for Community Health Workers course is not only important because it teaches the most efficient approach to reduce home environmental health hazards, but it also incorporates a community based educational approach. As a training partner of the National Center for Healthy Housing (nchh.org), the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension is collaborating with local organizations to provide the NCHH's Healthy Homes for Community Health Workers Course. This course educates participants how to efficiently address home environmental health hazards by implementing the 7 principles of a healthy home (dry, clean, dry, clean, ventilated, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, maintained) as well as how they can integrate these principles into their existing programming.
Kate Manchisi, Elizabeth Maring, Karen Aspinwall, Nancy Lewis, and Lynn Little, University of Maryland
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