Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fort Collins wins Healthy Homes Award

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 HUD Secretary’s Award for Healthy Homes, an award recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes.

For the fourth consecutive year, HUD and NEHA identified outstanding local programs and research that promote healthier housing through education, partnering, and innovative practices. HUD has a strong partnership with NEHA based on a common vision of creating healthier home environments by working across the health, environment, and housing sectors. The award was initiated in 2015 to showcase results achieved under a wide range of housing and indoor environmental health programs.

Criteria for winning the awards include demonstration of the health impact on population, policy/program innovations, impact on the physical environment, economic sustainability, partnership/collaboration, and measurability.

Winners include Baltimore, Wisconsin, Raleigh, North Carolina and Fort Collins, Colo. 

Fort Collins Healthy Homes Program and DIY Assessment Tool
Recognizing the implications of poor indoor air quality on human health and productivity, the City of Fort Collins’ Healthy Homes program was established in 2011 as an innovative solution to address residential indoor air quality. The program is unique in that it is driven by community members who volunteer their time as Master Home Educators. Since 2011, over 800 in-home assessments have been conducted and 2,475 residents, 19% of whom have asthma, have been reached. In order to reach more residents, the program created an online DIY Home Assessment Tool which is patterned after the Healthy Homes in-home assessment and focuses on the “Eight Principles of a Healthy Home.” This interactive and customizable tool (https://healthyhomes.fcgov.com/) walks residents through each area of their home, asking specific questions as it relates to indoor air quality problems and provides low and no-cost adv. These include ventilation, mold, pests, chemical contaminants, cleanliness, and home maintenance and safety.

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