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
"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
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 www.centerforhealthyhousing.org.