Healthy Homes Project Pilot, Baltimore

The Baltimore pilot project sought to increase the capacity of the Healthy Homes Project, through a grant from the CDC to transition from a lead-based paint program to a more inclusive healthy homes program. The project, which attempted to improve the living conditions of all individuals in inner-city housing situations, actually was most helpful in improving the urban environment for children by studying and then working with the residents to eliminate the following concerns:

  • • Lead exposure from deteriorating lead-based paint, cultural use of lead, renovation of structures, and occupational exposure of parents to lead
  • • Carbon monoxide exposure
  • • Fire hazards
  • • Inadequate or lack of smoke alarms
  • • Moisture, mold, and other urgent triggers
  • • Rodents and roaches
  • • Hazardous or harmful household products
  • • Smoking and secondhand smoke
  • • Inadequate ventilation, heating, and cooling
  • • Visible physical hazards

Public health professionals including environmental health practitioners, public health nurses, and public health investigators were involved in helping the families. The families were provided with proper educational tools, supplies, referrals for a variety of health and housing problems, and in some cases assistance to make home repairs and other modifications to the property.

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