Healthy Homes

HHS Credential

HHS Brochure: Healthy Homes Specialist working with homeownerA Professional Credential From NEHA

Since 1937 NEHA has been leading the way for practitioners to achieve a set of defined competencies, evidenced through testing and maintained through continuing education. These benchmarks of excellence have become the gold standard in recognizing those who are uniquely equipped to handle the wide breadth of environmental health issues. NEHA’s long-standing history in credentialing means that our standards are high and that individuals with a NEHA credential have mastered a body of knowledge and acquired practical experience to perform relevant work responsibilities.

As an impartial, third-party endorsement of an individual’s professional knowledge and experience, a credential stands in support of a candidate’s resume and professional references. It serves as verification that a professional has achieved a baseline level of competency in his or her subject matter.

Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS) Credential

Please note: the NEHA Board Credentialing Committee has directed the staff to sunset the HHS credential. Applicants have until 12/31/2017 in order to take the exam. The HHS designation is still recognized and maintained by NEHA through its credential maintenance program and NEHA will continue to support HHS credential holders that adhere to the renewal requirements. Together with the National Center for Healthy Housing, we created the Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS) credential. The HHS credential signifies that an individual understands the connection between housing hazards and health, has demonstrated competency in these principles, and knows how to put them into practice in homes. This designation signifies that HHS credential holders are experts who work with families to identify problems that threaten their health and well-being and make recommendations for resolving these problems.

Be the Key to Healthier Homes

HHS credential holders understand the connection between housing hazards and health. This special designation signifies that you are an expert who works with families to identify problems that threaten their health and well-being and make recommendations for resolving these problems.

The HHS credential signifies that an individual has demonstrated competency in the seven principles of healthy housing and how to put them into practice in homes. HHS credential holders are experts in keeping homes:

  • Dry
  • Clean
  • Pest-free
  • Contaminant-free
  • Ventilated
  • Safe
  • Maintained

The HHS exam tests your understanding of the connections between health and housing, enabling you to take a holistic approach to identify and resolve these problems.





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Growing Relationships: Innovative Public Health Solutions to Reach the Urban Indian Community

The Minneapolis Health Department partnered with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a Federally Recognized Indian Nation, to reach the inner city Native American population. Using an updated twist on ancient indigenous knowledge the partnership developed a way to address pressing public health issues in the native community related to poor nutrition. You will be able to build creative partnerships to take a different approach in serving hard-to-reach communities by leveraging their unique culture.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Implementing a Collaborative Model to Address Home Based Environmental Health Hazards

Do more with less! The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative is an innovative model that uses collaboration to assess and address environmental health hazards in the home efficiently and effectively. Using experience and data from interventions in 4,500 homes, this session will demonstrate how to braid multiple resource streams and leverage non-traditional funding sources. You'll create a map of assets and opportunities for the development of a local model in your own community.

Engaging Community Members to Protect Public Health and Vitality of Small Farms

As the local food movement continues to gain momentum, more food establishments are demanding produce from small, local farms that may not practicing safe growing and handling practices. Yavapai County, Arizona convened local restaurants, farms, educational and government agencies to develop tools to help both food establishments and farmers to offer safe, local produce. This session will highlight how to work with outside partners to develop innovative approaches to meeting the needs of the ever changing scope of environmental health.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC