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UC Researchers Assist in Healthy Homes Project

Published November 2003

Researchers from the UC Department of Environmental Health will be part of a national training program to educate health and housing professionals in the discipline of "healthy housing." The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) was awarded a $300,000 cooperative agreement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop this National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network.

"We have had a number of years of experience in developing courses for national use to address one major housing-related health problem: the use of lead in housing paints," said Scott Clark, PhD, professor in the UC Department of Environmental Health. "Our extensive research in this area aided us in the development of courses which have been used to train thousands of practitioners across the country. This new Training Center and Network will be a comprehensive approach, addressing as many potential problems as possible."

Housing-related health concerns include childhood lead poisoning caused by ingesting lead-based paint and dust; and asthma episodes triggered by exposure to dust mites, pets, and mold. Cockroaches, rats, and mice also are significant problems that impact health and well being. Exposure to pesticide residues and other indoor toxins, tobacco smoke, combustion gases, and particulates are also likely to be part of the course offerings. Unintentional injuries are also an important healthy housing issue as they are the number one cause of death for children and young adults in the United States.

The first universities to participate in the training center and network include: Eastern Kentucky University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Washington, and the University of Wisconsin.

NCHH is a supporting organization of The Enterprise Foundation and the Alliance for Healthy Homes. NCHH develops and promotes practical methods for protecting children from residential environmental hazards while preserving the supply of affordable housing.

For more information about this study, please visit NCHH's Web site at

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