Healthy Homes

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Learn about our current work with GHHI in Southwest Detroit

The Healthy Homes unit supports eliminating housing-based health hazards for at-risk populations through research, performance management systems and facilitation. The unit is deeply involved in local and national efforts to eliminate environmental hazards from homes through the following initiatives and programs:

Healthy Homes Case Management System (HHCMS)

The HHCMS was developed to collect, store and manage data related to Healthy Homes projects across multiple sites and across multiple projects. Developed by the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University in 2011, and funded by The Kresge Foundation for use by CLEARCorps Detroit in its activities related to Healthy Homes, the HHCMS now hosts data for seven geographical sites working on projects for federal initiatives and philanthropic foundations. The HHCMS is a web-based platform that maintains and analyzes data for these sites, and programmers create and personalize additional documents as needed on Healthy Homes work across the United States.

For more information, visit our Healthy Homes Case Management System page or contact Lyke Thompson at ad5122@wayne.edu or (313) 577-5209.

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Detroit-Wayne County (GHHI)

GHHI Meeting, July 2014The GHHI is comprised of nearly 40 partner organizations dedicated to creating green, healthy and safe homes for children and families in Detroit and Wayne County. These partners are implementing a cost-effective and integrated approach to healthy housing interventions by aligning, braiding and coordinating resources for health, safety, and weatherization. Using a collaborative approach, GHHI Detroit-Wayne County is successful at reducing housing-related risks and increasing energy efficiency; sustaining safe and healthy homes through advocacy, policy change, and increased enforcement. Creating green and healthy employment opportunities through job training and placement is another success of the collaborative.

Detroit Lead Partnership (DLP)

DLPThe mission of the DLP is to facilitate coordination, advocate for and monitor the progress of efforts to prevent and eliminate lead poisoning and other environmental health problems in the children of Detroit. In 2012, 2,327 children in Detroit were identified with elevated blood lead levels (>5 µg/dL) even though less than 44% of children considered “high risk” were screened for lead poisoning (Michigan Department of Community Health). Health Department estimates show that at least 6,772 children in Michigan have some level of lead poisoning. It is imperative that agencies committed to a solution develop a rational, coordinated plan to ensure best use of limited resources, avoid duplication and develop positive cross agency relationships.

Advancing Safe and Healthy Housing for Children and Families Initiative (ASHHI)

The ASHHI promotes comprehensive, community-based assistance designed to mitigate home hazards that affect health and disproportionately impact the disadvantaged. An effort conceived and supported by The Kresge Foundation, it grew out of a Kresge Health Program initiative to reduce childhood lead poisoning. Launched in 2009, the now-comprehensive effort addresses home hazards such as asthma-triggering allergens, fire hazards, substandard insulation and weatherization, repair problems like broken steps and railings, and neighborhood nuisances like abandoned buildings that invite crime.

The initiative also aims to build the capacity of federal, state, and local government agencies, and nonprofits to reduce the incidence of preventable illnesses, injuries, and hospitalizations caused by home environments; support the development of best practices; and advance philanthropic investment in the field of healthy homes. The foundation awarded grants to a new cohort of communities in June 2012, bringing the total to six. Grants have been made to:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD has adapted and is distributing for use an English/Welsh rating tool, the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS). The U.S. version will be called the Healthy Homes Rating Tool (HHRT). It is intended to assess home health hazards and to guide home improvements for the HUD Healthy Homes Production Grants. This tool has substantial potential to produce systematic measurement of 29 different hazards occurring in American housing units. This has broad significance to identifying and remedying health hazards in American housing.

AssessmentThe HHRS 3-City Study, from the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University (CUS), seeks to examine the adaptation of the HHSRS (as the HHRT) for the U.S., investigating the ratings produced and the reliability of those ratings. In this project, assessments are being conducted with partners in three cities. CLEAR Corps in Detroit, MI, the Alameda County Healthy Homes Department in Oakland, Calif., and the Greensboro Housing Coalition in Greensboro, N.C. will conduct 500 assessments each in their communities. They will use both the HHRS developed in Britain and the American adaptation, the HHRT. The results of these assessments will be analyzed by CUS to meet the following objectives.

  1. The first objective of this study is to assess the extent to which housing hazards measured by the Healthy Homes Rating Tool (HHRT) vary across cities in the U.S. when compared to England.
  2. The second objective is to assess the reliability of assessments completed using the HHRT.
  3. The third overall objective is to test the effect on assessors of providing likelihood’s and outcomes based upon U.S. (or even local) data. The fourth objective is to assess the effect of training on assessment quality and reliability.

Detroit Healthy Homes Database (DHHDB)

The Center also continues to develop and expand the Healthy Homes Data and Information System, now referred to as the Detroit Healthy Homes Database. This database had previously focused on collecting data on lead poisoning, inspections and abatements. Through agreements with several other local organizations including the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), Wayne Metro Community Action Agency and the City of Detroit Police and Fire Departments, we have been able to expand the information received to include data on asthma, weatherization and EMS 911 calls. This data is primarily provided as a list of addresses where reports, inspections, or other healthy homes work has been done. This has also been recently expanded to include maps illustrating where healthy homes-related incidents are higher and lower at zip code and census track levels. Much of the data for the DHHDB is being updated when new information is available.

To learn more about keeping your home safe and healthy, please see our Freqently Asked Questions page.

Contact:

Lyke Thompson
(313) 577-5209
ad5122@wayne.edu