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  1. 1. We need you.
  2. 2. What does a child need to succeed in life?
  3. 3. A caring family. A good education. Excellent healthcare and nutrition. Are we missing anything?
  4. 4. What about a healthy home?
  5. 5. The home is where a child spends the first five years of his or her life.
  6. 6. But most people don’t think of the home as having an impact on a child’s health.
  7. 7. Many people are unsuspecting victims of medical problems caused by conditions in their houses ... THE FEDERAL INTERAGENCY HEALTHY HOMES WORK GROUP
  8. 8. When you think of an unhealthy home, what do you think of?
  9. 9. Leaking roofs, moisture, mold
  10. 10. Damp basements, mold
  11. 11. Moisture, mold, fungi growing under a sink
  12. 12. Tobacco smoke
  13. 13. Rodents
  14. 14. Mice living in a child’s mattress
  15. 15. Cockroaches
  16. 16. Moisture, mold, poor indoor air quality and pests can trigger allergies and asthma.
  17. 17. With asthma, it’s hard to breathe. In fact, it's the No. 1 reason kids chronically miss school and parents miss work.
  18. 18. Asthma is the leading cause of emergency room visits at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
  19. 19. Flaking lead paint and dust
  20. 20. Flaking lead paint and dust outdoors
  21. 21. Lead hazards where children play
  22. 22. Flaking, deteriorating lead paint produces the dust that can cause lead poisoning.
  23. 23. Lead poisoning causes brain damage and stunts growth. It causes social, behavioral and learning disabilities. It can cause death.
  24. 24. The number of children in Kent County with lead poisoning is more than twice the national rate.
  25. 25. Toxic products within children’s reach
  26. 26. Rat poison found near children’s toys
  27. 27. Carbon monoxide exhaust escaping into the house
  28. 28. Unvented appliances – a source of carbon monoxide
  29. 29. Accidental poisoning by household products, pesticides, carbon monoxide and radon cause serious health issues such as cancer … and even death.
  30. 30. Unprotected window at floor level
  31. 31. Exposed electrical wiring
  32. 32. An open hole in a kitchen floor
  33. 33. Scalding water
  34. 34. Unsafe conditions can cause burns, falls and other injuries – which can lead to permanent health problems … and even death.
  35. 35. The breakdown: 1% Firearms 3% Drowning 5% Choking & Suffocation 9% Fire & Burns 34% Poisoning 2013 American Journal of Preventive Medicine 5% Other 43% Falls
  36. 36. Thousands of children each year are hospitalized in our area because of injuries in the home.
  37. 37. These are homes in our community where children live. And these conditions are 100 percent preventable.
  38. 38. They can affect anybody, but not everybody has the resources to address them.
  39. 39. We’ve achieved a lot since 2006:  Safety for kids  Solutions for families  Advocacy for change But there’s more to do.
  40. 40. One in four young children in Kent County lives in poverty. 1 in 4 CHILDREN
  41. 41. 80 percent of the families we serve live at or below the federal poverty level. 80% of FAMILIES
  42. 42. Which would you choose? $8,000 to treat a child with lead poisoning. OR $8,000 to remove lead from a home so kids don’t get sick in the first place.
  43. 43. Most “fixes” are simple and inexpensive.
  44. 44. Families want our help. But they’re NOT looking for a handout.
  45. 45. They are our neighbors, employees, friends … they are our partners.
  46. 46. We can partner with them, and with property owners, to prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
  47. 47. Fixing homes is preventive medicine.
  48. 48. Reactive v. Proactive. What we spend now saves so much later.
  49. 49. Saving lives is the greatest “ROI.”
  50. 50. Lives such as… Darion Nyicear La’Nieyah Kylee
  51. 51. What does a child need? A caring family. A good education. Excellent healthcare and nutrition. And, from the start, a healthy home.
  52. 52. We need your help: Understand the issues. Make healthy homes a priority. Work with us to partner, provide opportunity.
  53. 53. We need you to Fight for Healthy Homes

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  • NOTE: Attribution details will be offered in the flyers/inserts. Healthy Homes Work Group released a report, "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action," in February 2013, with the goal of reducing the number of homes with health and safety hazards over the next five years. The Federal Interagency Healthy Homes Work Group (HHWG) is comprised currently of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Department of Energy; Centers for Disease Control; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Surgeon General, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and National Institute of Standards and Technology and is in the process of developing a new national healthy housing standard that will incorporate the principles of GHHI. See more at:
  • Safety for Kids Lead …From September 2008 – June 2013, Healthy Homes installed 1,010 carbon monoxide alarms and 2,327 smoke alarms, serving 1,085 households.  Healthy Homes is serious about addressing the asthma triggers that keep kids from attending school and make them feel miserable. Not only do we rid homes of the cockroaches and mice that trigger asthma attacks, but we also help tenants, homeowners and landlords tackle mold and moisture problems. We believe that environmental controls can be demonstrated as a cost-effective health care solution. Solutions for Families From January 2008 – June 2013, 536 families have successfully completed our Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids program, addressing their concerns about lead-based paint hazards and other healthy homes issues. From May 2009 – June 2013, Healthy Homes has served 275 families with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) services to rid homes of mice and cockroaches. In all, the Healthy Homes Coalition has served 2,846 households since January 2008 with our Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids program, IPM services, smoke and CO alarms, and more. Advocating for Change Healthy Homes successfully worked with community leaders to strengthen the City of Grand Rapids’ housing code,making it more protective of children’s health by requiring proactive inspections of single-family rental property. Healthy Homes is working with advocates from across the state to seek sustainable funding for childhood lead poisoning prevention. For the coming year, this coalition secured an additional $1,25 million in State funding for childhood lead poisoning prevention. Staff – Healthy Homes currently employs three full-time staff, and three part-time staff. Budget – FY 2012-2013 expenses were $279,694. 
  • Alternatives – note – this slide may vary depending on audience.The first five years are criticalMake healthy homes a priorityIt’s for the good of our children and the communityPrograms that create opportunities for familiesPolicies that enable these opportunitiesResources to make it happen(Be a champion … take the FIGHT FOR HEALTHY HOMES pledge, advocate, influence, shape policy, give money … )