Healthy homes are critical for health promotion. As a starting point, a healthy home should be environmentally safe in terms of structure, air quality, water quality, absence of toxins, and structural accomodations for resident limitations. In addition, a healthy home should share a culture of health for all residents, especially children and adults with special needs.
We can help community agencies:
- Assess affordability of housing and related indicators such as homelessness and long-term hotel use by individuals and families
- Develop collaborative initiatives to help individuals and families obtain safe and stable housing
- Develop collaborative support programs in which multiple agencies work together to help individuals and families implement positive health practices in their home.
- Evaluate the impact of healthy home initiatives.
Recent examples of our work related to healthy homes include:
- Analysis of housing affordability and indicence of homelessness for a foundation/local government initiative.
- Strategy support for a multi-agency collaborative to create an innovative ‘care team’ model that supports family with coordinated access to human services, housing support, school support, early childhood support, and home health supports including health education and health navigation.
- Strategy support for an innovative program to place community health workers within public housing communities to help residents with health education and connections to medical homes.