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January 29, 2013
This week the work of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) was featured prominently in two national health publications. The articles showcase the organization’s longstanding advocacy for healthy housing and its work to prevent childhood lead poisoning.
An article authored by GHHI’s Executive Director Ruth Ann Norton is included in a new report from the Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH). The report, A Healthier America 2013: Strategies to Move from Sick Care to Health Care in Four Years, was released today. In the article, titled “Breaking the Link Between Unhealthy Housing and Unhealthy Children,” Norton discusses GHHI’s innovative single stream education, assessment and intervention model that revolutionizes health care service delivery, health-based housing intervention strategies, housing standards and intervention decision-making in the U.S.
Also this week, Norton was featured in The American Public Health Association’s (APHA) magazine – The Nation’s Health about the impact of the CDC budget cuts on lead poisoning prevention programs. In an article titled “Lead poisoning prevention gains attention but loses funding: Blood lead level standards tightened,” she was interviewed about the impact of the CDC budget cuts on lead poisoning prevention programs.
For the latest on GHHI’s impact on the health and safety of the families that we serve, please visit www.ghhi.org.
About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™
The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative™ (GHHI) works in collaboration with local and federal agencies, and philanthropic partners to align, braid, and coordinate funding and programs to create green, healthy, and safe homes in low-income communities nationwide.
Directed by the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning (Coalition), with support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Energy and national and local foundations GHHI replaces stand-alone programs with a comprehensive strategy to improve health, economic and social outcomes through an integrated housing intervention framework. GHHI has set a goal to create 100,000 green, healthy and safe homes in America’s low income neighborhoods by the year 2015. In 2011 and 2012, the US Conference of Mayors adopted Resolution s endorsing the adoption of the Green & Healthy Homes program for America’s Cities.