The Healthy Home Program is part of the Health Department’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Developed in 2009, the Healthy Home Program is designed to provide education and resources to help Kansas City families keep their homes safe and healthy places to live.
Conditions in a person’s home can affect their health. Water leaks, mold, pests and lead paint can asthma, allergies and lead poisoning. Structural problems like holes and broken rails can cause injury. The condition of the home can also put families at risk for fire, falls, electrical injuries, rodent bites and other issues. Exposure to pesticides, toxic cleaners and other chemicals as well as tobacco smoke and combustion by-products like carbon monoxide can cause illness or death. Many homes (over six million nationwide!) have some kind of condition that can negatively affect the health of the people living in it.
A ‘healthy home’ approach means evaluating and improving conditions in a home so the people living there can be healthy.
Healthy Home Program resources include:
Training- including the Certified Healthy Homes Practitioner Course and Community Worker Course (in conjunction with the National Environmental Health Association’s Regional Training Center).
Education- presentation topics for health professionals, property owners, neighborhood associations, community groups and daycares include: healthy home overview, rats, bedbugs, integrated pest management, mercury safety, asthma, home cleaning, child safety, lead poisoning and radon.
Safe and Healthy Kids Project- The Kansas City Safe and Healthy Kids Project is a grant funded partnership with The Children’s Mercy Hospital, The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Northland Neighborhoods, Inc. This project provides free home inspection for Metropolitan Kansas City Area families with children who suffer from allergies, asthma or life-threatening illnesses. Resources include a Healthy Homes Kit containing cleaning supplies, HEPA vacuum, fire/carbon monoxide alarms and other items. Resources may also include free home repair and removal of lead paint hazards. Call 816-855-1895 for an application.
Lead Paint Hazard Removal- The LeadSafe KC Program provides free inspection and removal of lead paint hazards in homes of qualified families who have young children or pregnant women. The LeadSafe KC Program is part of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
Product Testing For Lead Content- A healthy home is a home free from toxins including lead hazards that may be found in some products such as art supplies, hand painted dishes, ethnic cookware, jewelry, painted furniture and some wood and vinyl toys. Licensed Risk Assessors are available by appointment to test toys and other products.
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