Healthy Homes

Monday, June 7
Learning LabLearning Lab
2:00 – 3:50pm
Home Assessment-How To: A Hands-on Course in Home Assessment Using Tools and Techniques

Children’s Mercy Hospital has performed hundreds of home assessments, and has developed a systematic approach for evaluating a comprehensive set of home indoor environmental health issues. This Learning Laboratory will provide all attendees with hands-on skills and techniques for assessing a comprehensive list of environmental conditions. Time will be spent using specific measurement tools and talking about the different kinds of environmental measurements and samples that serve as valuable tools for assessing conditions in homes.
Kevin Kennedy, Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant, Environmental Hygienist, Manager, Environmental Health Program, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MI

Tuesday, June 8
Lecture HallLecture Hall
8:30 – 8:55am
Healthy Homes Movement: Overview and Future Directions

You’ve heard about healthy homes and wondered what it really means in practice. Attend this presentation to get a whirlwind tour of the issue, the resources, and how it impacts environmental health. The session may also inspire you to pursue the Healthy Homes Specialist Credential offered by the National Environmental Health Association.
Dion Lerman, HHS, Environmental Health Program Specialist, Philadelphia School & Community IPM Partnership, Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program, Pennsylvania State Philadelphia Outreach Center, Philadelphia, PA

8:55 – 9:20am
Housing & Health: Helping Families Improve their Health through a Home Assessment Process

HUD, CDC, and the EPA have put significant resources into promoting the concept of healthy homes. Children’s Mercy Hospital has been performing home assessments for years, and has found that home environmental assessments are an extremely effective tool for addressing a comprehensive set of home indoor environmental health issues. This presentation will connect the bigger topic to specific in-home practices and show how to help families address housing conditions that may be impacting their health. This session will also enable attendees understand the connection between several Federal initiatives and how they are being combined to create the national Healthy Home Initiative, gain a better understanding of the condition of housing in the US and its impact on health and be able to provide a summary of the process used to assess the environment of a patient’s family home.
Kevin Kennedy, Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant, Environmental Hygienist, Manager, Environmental Health Program, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MI

9:30 – 10:20am
Strategies for Understanding and Mitigating Asthma Triggers

Asthma rates nationally continue to increase.  What exterior modifications can be made to reduce the incidence of asthma?  Can communities monitor and report on air quality consistently? What are effective methods of controlling dust and mitigating asthma triggers in exterior environments?  These questions and more will be answered during this presentation.
Mike Carey, Graduate Student, San Diego State University, Spring Valley, CA
Jeff Dickson, MPH, REHS, District Environmental Health Officer, Indian Health Service, Santa Fe, NM

10:30 – 11:20am
Lessons Learned from the Master Home Environmentalist Program: How a Community-Based Educational Intervention Program Has Been Successful in Changing Behaviors and Improving Health Outcomes

The Master Home Environmentalist (MHE) Program is a community-based, volunteer-driven program designed to identify sources of pollutants in homes and assist household residents in reducing exposures. Reducing exposures to airborne allergens and pollutants reduces the health burden of asthma and other environmentally-triggered illnesses and significantly improves quality of life. From this session, attendees will learn how to implement an MHE program in their community, incorporate the principles of the MHE program to other home visiting programs and identify other community organizations to partner and work with in developing a community specific program.
Aileen Gagney, MArch, MFA, GA-C, HHS, Lung Health Manager, American Lung Association in Washington, Seattle, WA

1:00 – 1:50pm
Indoor Air Pollution: The Basics
This presentation will discuss some of the basics of indoor air quality including sources of, and health risks associated with, indoor pollutants such as radon, mold, and organic chemicals.  It will also discuss some of the basics of air quality complaint investigation and mitigation. The target audience for this presentation is environmental health professionals with limited backgrounds in indoor air quality. 
Tricia A. Metts, PhD, REHS, Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

2:00 – 2:50pm
Applying an Equity Lens to Healthy Housing Policy

An essential step to policy review, advocacy and change is framing the issues being addressed and creating common definitions. Multnomah County Health Department applied an equity lens to a state and local housing policies to create a policy solution that addresses root causes of health inequities, specifically the unequal burden of asthma. This session will enable attendees to better understand their role in different types of policy advocacy related to substandard housing, apply a health equity lens to local and state policies and implement eight key steps to creating healthy housing policy.
Kari Lyons-Eubanks, Masters of International and Intercultural Management, Environmental Health Policy Analyst, Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, OR

3:00 – 3:25pm
Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) Environmental Blood Lead Investigation Procedure

What would Environmental Health Services do if an elevated blood lead level in a child was identified at a Tribal Head Start or private home? The Albuquerque Area IHS DEHS developed a proactive team approach that has encompassed clinical, PHN and EH response. This session will explore applications of the case management approach (including Environmental Health involvement) to Environmental Blood Lead Level investigations, which attendees can use on the job.
Bob Bates, MS, RS, District Sanitarian, Indian Health Service, Albuquerque, NM
CAPT Mike Lewis, RS, Area Institutional Environmental Health Specialist, Indian Health Service, San Fidel, NM

3:25 – 3:50pm
Session on the New EPA Lead RRP Rule

Maria Doa, Director of the National Program Chemicals Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC



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