Case Study: Breathing Easier—and Reducing Energy Costs

Victoria and Jerry have owned their two-story, center unit row home in Baltimore’s Belaire-Edison neighborhood since 2000. Their 12-year-old son Montez suffered from frequent asthma episodes, caused by triggers in the home stemming from mold, poor insulation, improper drainage and a broken furnace. Even though they kept their home tidy, they continued to have mice and cockroach infestations. After hearing about Montez’s recent asthma hospitalization and numerous missed school days, a neighbor recommended contacting Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Baltimore (GHHI Baltimore) for help.
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@HealthyHousing Hosts Second Lead-Poisoning Prevention Twitter Town Hall

Yesterday, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) hosted its second Twitter Town Hall discussing “Challenges and Lessons Learned: Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness.” The Twitter Town Hall brought together national groups in sharing resources, best practices and new ideas for advancing lead poisoning prevention awareness.
A special thanks to the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection (EPA) for sponsoring the Twitter Town Hall. Thanks to everyone who participated, especially our expert panelists:
Dr. Mary Jean Brown @CDCEnvironment: Chief of CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Dr. Cortland Lohff @ChiPublicHealth: Medical Director at Chicago Department of Public Health
Dr: Josh Sharfstein @drjoshS: Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene
Ruth Ann Norton @RuthAnnNorton: President & CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Check the recap below for useful lead poisoning prevention tips, stats and infographics.
We’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions for our next Twitter Town Hall, coming up this fall. Submit topic ideas to ghhi@ghhi.org and stay tuned to our blog for details.
 

[View the story "Part II- Challenges and Lessons Learned: Lead Poisoning Prevention Awarness" on Storify]

Continuing the Conversation: Twitter Town Hall on July 31

Please join Green & Healthy Homes Initiative for its second Twitter Town Hall discussing "Challenges and Lessons Learned: Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness" from 11am-12pm on Thursday, July 31. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this discussion will be moderated by @HealthyHousing and feature a panel GHHI’s expert staff, including:
Ruth Ann Norton @RuthAnnNorton: President & CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Alex Sawyer @delawhereian: Housing Intervention Director
Shaketta Denson @sfierce418: Family Advocacy Attorney
David Skinner @DaveShopD2z: Community Outreach Associate
Click here for staff bios. 
Please join us for the continuation of this very important discussion. Catch up on our last Twitter Town Hall through Storify. 
If you have questions for our panel, please submit them on Twitter using the hashtag #NoSafeLevel. To participate, login to your twitter account and enter #NoSafeLevel into your search bar. When you ask or respond to a question, be sure to include #NoSafeLevel in your tweet.
Stay tuned for details on special guest panelists!

Case Study: Free from Asthma Attacks, Josue Attends School Regularly and Plays Basketball

Shawana purchased her 1936 Baltimore Highlands home in 2001 before she became a mother to three active sons: 11-year-old Juan, 9-year-old Javier and 5-year-old Josue. Over time, as her home filled with family and boyhood activities, it also became a health hazard: water leaked through the basement floor causing mold growth, mice infested the kitchen and the paint chipped and peeled. Poor air quality and poor insulation made Josue’s asthma so severe that he could not play with his older brothers. In the year before GHHI’s home interventions, his asthma episodes sent him to the hospital six times. These hospitalizations caused Shawana to miss 14 days of work and Josue to miss 14 days of school. The Baltimore City Health Department referred the family to Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Baltimore (GHHI Baltimore) for help.
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Case Study: Making Home Home Again

Dorothy, a single mom, has lived in the same 1925 two story row home in Baltimore since she was five years old. She shares the home with her two daughters, 13-year-old Shaquana and 4-year-old Labree. Like so many older properties, Dorothy’s proud family home eventually fell into  desperate need of repair. The walls had chipping and peeling paint. The roof leaked whenever it rained, breeding mold.  Mice and cockroaches regularly made an appearance, and the home was poorly insulated. Both of Dorothy’s daughters suffer from asthma, and Labree had been hospitalized 13 times due to severe asthma episodes. A referral from the Baltimore City Health Department brought in Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Baltimore (GHHI Baltimore) to help.
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