Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
To the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, success looks like:
- no children are lead poisoned
- all children with asthma manage their disease so that they stay out of hospitals and go to school
- accidental injuries of children in the home are decreased
Substandard housing hurts children. The programs at the Healthy Homes Coalition address the problem of harmful housing conditions that negatively impact low-income families. Harmful housing conditions such as lead hazards, asthma triggers, and environmental toxins all hurt children in early life. The organization combats these problems in a number of ways.
DIRECT SERVICES. The Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids (HH4HK) program is the organization's direct service home visitation program targeting low-income families with young children residing in pre-1950 housing. These families receive comprehensive home environmental assessments, assistance with building a strengths-based "Family-Centered Action Plan," support with implementing environmental controls, and evaluation of environmental, health, and quality of life indicators. The organization also hosts an asthma intervention program that is an outgrowth of HH4HK. The asthma program specifically targets children who are high utilizers of the emergency department or hospital admissions due to poorly managed asthma, and are almost exclusively Medicaid insured. Combined, these programs serve 100 families annually. The third direct service program complements the HH4HK and asthma programs by installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the homes of 400 families with children annually. All direct service programs are offered in both Spanish and English.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH. The Healthy Homes Coalition conducts a wide array of educational programs that range from teaching parent skills to training professionals like community health workers, code enforcement officials, early childhood providers, and others. The organization also conducts broad-scale community awareness and activities and is a regular feature in the local media.
ADVOCACY. Healthy Homes actively engages in systems reform, advocates for supportive policy at all levels of government, and serves on many state and local boards. Among these are the Find-it Fix-it Fund-it federal campaign, Governor Snyder’s Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board, and Kent County Board of Commissioner’s Lead Task Force.