Thursday, March 14, 2013

Housing and Health Partners Collaborate to Ensure Healthy Colorado Homes

Colorado housing and health professionals gathered March 7 for Colorado Healthy Homes: A Call to Action. The Colorado Healthy Housing Coalition hosted the event, which included coalition partners Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment,  Denver Health, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Denver Public Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Care Policy and Financing, and the Colorado Division of Housing. Healthy home advocates and experts discussed national and state strategies for keeping homes safe from environmental and physical hazards such as water leaks, fungus, pests, radon and secondhand smoke. These hazards can lead to significant health problems such as asthma, injury and cancer.

Policy approaches addressing these problems can yield dramatic improvement in home health and safety. Public and private partners are working together to eliminate these potential home health threats and ensure healthy homes for Colorado families. At the national level, HUD recently released Advancing Health Housing: A Strategy for Action, which details national strategies. 

To learn more, go to a Livestream of the event and/or review the following presentations:

Chris Urbina, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Bill Burman, Denver Public Health

Carolyn DiGuiseppi, Colorado School of Public Health

Bob Prettyman, Denver Housing Authority

Michael Wenstrom, Environmental Protection Agency

Mike Van Dyke, National Jewish Health

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