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Spring 2014 Connections Newsletter

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Spring 2014 - Tribal Healthy Homes Network

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June 15, 2016 - Updates

Best Practices Catalogue

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Click HERE to download the Best Practices Guide, which includes examples of healthy home training, assessment tools, outreach activities, and funding opportunities,many of which are customized materials specifically for tribes.

 

June 9, 2016 - Updates

May 2014 Updates for Tribal Housing Professionals

From your partners at Tribal Healthy Homes Network…

Work with us to build a housing program that incorporates comprehensive mold and moisture strategies, including how to become certified in mold remediation. Learn about best practices dealing with mold and moisture, proactive investigations, and resident engagement to protect the health of your residents by minimizing mold in the home.

THHNW can coordinate a half-day on-site mold workshop for your housing staff (and other departments who may benefit from this knowledge – eg. community health workers, air quality staff). We bring a Certified Microbial Investigator and an Indoor Air Specialist to provide hands-on training:

  • Accurately Identify Signs and Sources of Mold and Moisture Damage.
  • Learn to Use Tools to Identify Evidence of Damage: Visual Inspections, Moisture Meters and Thermal Temperature Gun.
  • Select and Install Ventilation Improvements to Minimize Future Property Damage and Health Effects.
  • Obtain Materials for Educating Residents about Mold Prevention.

Costs for this workshop range $800-$1,200, depending on travel for the trainers. The training focus can be customized as needed. Contact Gillian Mittelstaedt (gmittelstaedt@thhnw.org) or Rachel Koller (rkoller@thhnw.org) at THHNW for more information.

Some relevant mold in housing resources:

  • Mold Guidance for Tenants and Landlords from the Northwest Clean Air Agency. Many landlords and tenants do not understand why mold problems start and how to safely clean them up when they do. This document is designed to eliminate the confusion with simple guidance followed by detailed examples to help prevent the most common problems NW Clean Air Agency has observed responding to hundreds of complaints.
  • Mold outreach activity: We all need reminding about where excess moisture comes from in our homes! Laminate this one-page mold flyer showing many ways residents can control moisture in a home. Place the flyer in every household, in a visible place such as the back of a kitchen cabinet door.

From your partners at US Environmental Protection Agency Region X…

  • May is Asthma Awareness Month. This is a great time to connect with your clinic, air quality, or environmental health staff as they may be doing outreach to asthma patients this month – for example, educating them on how to reduce triggers like mold, dust, pests in their homes. For resident outreach materials, contact Erin McTigue at EPA (mctigue.erin@epa.gov).
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January 2014 Updates for Tribal Housing Professionals

From your partners at Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest…

  • We’re happy to announce the release of our Quick Tour of Key Healthy Home Resources. It’s an interactive guide to key and free resources that help you build safe and healthy tribal housing. In the Guide, you’ll find tribal-specific FUNDING opportunities, TRAINING opportunities, TOOLS to ASSESS housing conditions, and finally, OUTREACH materials for educating residents.
  • Getting ready to build or renovate homes in your community? Want to know what products are durable, affordable AND healthy? Take a look at our Healthy Home Procurement Guide: “Top 10 Affordable and Healthy Building Materials You Can Begin Using Today”.

 

From your partners at US Environmental Protection Agency, Region X…

  • Tribes can get free radon test kits from EPA! This January is Radon Action Month. Radon is a natural colorless, odorless radioactive gas, and is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, but testing for radon and reducing elevated levels when they are found can make your home healthier and safer. Free test kits are available from the Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center (TAMS). Contact Erin McTigue for more information and to order free, easy to use kits at mctigue.erin@epa.gov or 206 553 1254.   More info at http://www.epa.gov/radon/.
  • Are there “standards” for healthy housing?  Up until recently, there weren’t uniform standards, but a recent project by national healthy housing organizations has worked to change that. The National Healthy Housing Standard report was published in June 2013.  For tribal housing staff, the document offers value in that it can serve as a standard of care for any property owner to follow to ensure the health and safety of residents. It covers topics like ventilation, moisture, pest management, indoor air quality, and more.  http://www.nchh.org/Policy/NationalHealthyHousingStandard.aspx