Webinars

Webinars offer an affordable alternative to on-site training. THHNW holds quarterly, 90-minute webinars dealing with specific training topics as selected by tribes within the THHN network. Webinars feature specialists within the fields of indoor air quality, respiratory diseases, and other speicalists who are available for additional guidance and consultation following their presentations. To view some of our previous webinars or to replay and see slides from them, click on the icons below. We also invite you to suggest a topic that you would like for us to feature in one of our future webinars.

Indoor Air Quality and Public Health During Wildfire and Smoke Events: Recommended Measures to Reduce Exposure in Your Community.  

Webinar Date: 5/31/2016 

 

Crafting a Remediation and Prevention Plan for your Tribe or Village

Webinar Date: May, 15, 2015

 

 

Slides
-These slides compliment the Webinar on 5/15/2015

Sample Mold Response Plan
-A sample of a mold response plan for tribes

Sample Mold Policy
-A sample of mold policy for tribal housing

Sample Mold Practices
-A sample of mold practices for tribal construction and maintenance crews

Frequently Asked Questions
-FAQ on ICDBG Mold Remediation NOFA

Methods to Assess and Document Mold Contamination

Webinar date: May 8th, 2016

 

 

Slides
– These slides compliment the webinar on 5/8/2015

Voluntary Health and Housing Assessment
– a one page resource for tribes

Resident Education Materials

Stamp Out Mold in Your Home – one page flyer  with illustrated tips on ways to prevent mold

A Brief Guide to Mold,  Moisture, and Your Home from EPA

This guide provides information and guidance for homeowners and renters on how to clean up residential mold problems and how to prevent mold growth

Resident’s Guide to Surface Mold Cleanup from Tribal Healthy Homes Network

How to safety clean up surface mold and prevent it from coming back (combined with Stamp Out Mold in Your Home flyer)

Mold and Moisture Housing Policies

Mold and Mildew Policy from Tulalip Housing Department

This is an example of a tribal housing department policy outlining tenant obligations and guidelines to prevent mold growth and excess moisture.

Mold Guidance for Tenants and Landlords from the Northwest Clean Air Agency

This document is designed to eliminate the confusion that often exists between tenants and landlords on why mold problems start and how to safely clean them up when they do.  It includes simple guidance followed by detailed examples to help prevent the most common mold problems Northwest Clean Air Agency has observed.

Guidelines for Assessment and Safe Remediation of Mold Growth

Mold Remediation in Occupied Homes from Building Science Corporation

This article provides both general guidelines for mold remediation, as well as specific guidelines for the typical locations where mold is most often found in houses.

Mold in Housing Information for First Nations Residents – from Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

A guide for First Nations communities on how to recognize when there is a mold problem in a house and what to do about it. The guide explains what mold is and why it is a concern, provides tips on how to find out if a house has mold, and offers advice on how to prevent mold and moisture from growing indoors. It includes a checklist for finding and removing mold throughout the house.

Guidelines on Mold Assessment and Remediation from New York City Department of Health

Comprehensive guidelines addressing assessment and remediation of mold growth on structural materials in commercial, school, and residential buildings. This guide is intended for housing and maintenance staff.  In depth topics covered include assessment, safe remediation procedures, worker training, and an appendix on health effects of mold in indoor spaces.

Preventing and Cleaning Mold Growth: Fact Sheet for Building Managers from NYC Department of Health

A one page checklist for building managers on preventing mold growth, using size of the affected area to determine remediation team, proper steps for cleaning and remediating mold.

Mold Testing Research Report from Building Science Corporation

Although this article is titled “Mold Testing” it actually tells you why testing for mold is usually not needed. 

Excerpt: If you see mold or you smell mold you have mold. You do not need to test for mold if you see it or smell it. Knowing the type of mold does not change the way you respond. All mold should be treated the same way. It should be removed without exposing people to lots of mold spores or fragments and the underlying moisture problem causing the mold should be fixed. Knowing the species (type) of mold does not affect what must be done to correct the moisture problem or to safely clean up the mold.

Using Assessment Tools to Investigate Health and Safety in Tribal Homes

Webinar date: October 1, 2012

Assessment tools can help you gather information, evaluate risk, and establish priorities for repair, remediation and intervention. There’s a range of assessment tools however, each of which serve different purposes. Some are at a very detailed level suitable for a home inspector, some are geared toward the health practitioners addressing specific concerns such as asthma triggers, and other are more general for a resident. This webinar will explore these different tools, with tribal and agency panelists discussing:

What are the most effective tools for assessing health and safety risks in a home?
What is the HUD Healthy Home Rating Tool (HHRT)?
Which tools require training?
How can you best utilize Tenant/Resident Checklists that are self-administered?
What tools are favored by Housing Inspectors? By Energy Auditors?
How do Health Care Practitioners use checklists? How do they use the data?

Presenters:

Aileen Gagney - Environmental and Lung Health Program Manager, American Lung Association

Eric Hornbuckle - Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Housing and Urban Development

Rebecca Morley - Executive Director, National Center for Healthy Housing

Jerry Hause - Cowlitz, BPI-Certified Energy Auditor

View slides from Rebecca Morley’s presentation

Renovating, Reparing or Building Tribal Homes? Top 10 Healthy Building Materials You Can Begin Using Today

Webinar date: October 25, 2011

 

 

Tribal housing authorities want to build healthy, safe, durable homes, but staying on budget and on schedule has its own set of challenges. Sorting through the dozens of different green and healthy building programs and practices can be overwhelming.  At the same time, there’s an ever-present need to keep the families in your tribal community safe from housing-related contaminants and harms.  This webinar focuses on practical, reasonably-priced healthy building materials that your tribe can readily incorporate into its repairs, renovations and new construction.

Presenters: 

Thor Peterson - Green building educator and former Research Director for the Cascadia Green Building Council

Doug Kennedy - Northwest pioneer in bringing indoor air quality into construction practices 

Alaska and Washington HUD staff - Northwest Office of Native American Programs.

Watch webinar presentations by Thor Peterson, Doug Kennedy and Tom Carney

Watch webinar presentation by David Vought

Using Instruments to Measure Indoor Air Quality: How and When they can be useful in your Tribal IAQ Investigations

Webinar date: April 14, 2011

 

 

Air quality is an ongoing concern in many tribal homes, schools and buildings. While conducting an assessment is often enough to identify problems, certain contaminants – namely mold – are not always visible or easily traced. When you need to know what’s happening within the walls, beneath floors, or in the movement and exchange of air itself, air quality instruments can be an important diagnostic tool.

Presenters: 

Dave Blake - Northwest Clean Air Agency 

Rich Prill - WSU Cooperative Extension

Woodstove Heating in Tribal Homes - Using Best Practices and Targeted Outreach to Reduce Emissions and Health Risks

Webinar date: January 25, 2011

In areas where wood is the predominant house heating fuel, wood stoves have been shown to contribute as much as 80% of the ambient PM (fine particle) concentrations during winter months. Rising concentrations of woodsmoke, in turn, are associated with an increase in hospital admission rates for the elderly, those with asthma, lung and heart disease. Yet funding to upgrade woodstoves is limited and thus far, there are few alternative heating sources that can compete economically with wood heating. This webinar will look at some of the options for reducing both the emissions – and the health risks – associated with woodsmoke.

Presenters:

Dr. Jane Q. Koenig – PhD, MS, Professor Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington School of Public Health

Michelle Davis - Tribal Coordinator, Anchorage Office, EPA Region X

Leigh Herrington - EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards;

Claudia Vaupel - EPA Region X Tribal Woodstove Contact

Johna Boulafentis - Nez Perce Tribe, ERWM Air Quality

Charles Prince – Algaaciq Tribal Government, St. Mary’s, AK

View slides from Leigh Herrington, Clean Burning Resources and Materials from the Burn Wise Education Campaign

View slides from Johna Boulafentis: Nez Perce Tribe Woodstove Study and Changeout

View slides from Michelle Davis, EPA Tribal Coordinator, Cleaner Burns with your Woodstove

Mold in Tribal Housing - A Dialogue about Prevention, Funding and Cold Climate Issues

Webinar date: September 15, 2010

A webinar and tribe-to-tribe dialogue about mold in tribal housing. Topics include Best Practices for Prevention – A Guide to Key Practices and Sources for Training Your Staff; Funding Sources for Tribal Home Repair and Mold Remediation; and Cold Climate Discussion.

Presenters: 

Clinton Holzhauer - Certified Microbial Consultant (CMC), Indoor Air Quality Services, EHS International, Inc., 

Rich Seifert - Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Energy and Housing Specialist

Funding for Mold Remediation (PDF)

Lowering Utility Bills and Health Risks: Building a 'Weatherization + Health" Program for Your Tribe

Webinar date: January 28, 2010

An introduction to the components of a “Weatherization + Health” program, in which tribal staff are trained to perform energy audits and inspections in a home, while simultaneously addressing indoor air conditions that impact those with asthma, lung disease and compromised immune function.

Presenters:

Jerry Hause - Certified Residential Inspector, Member, Cowlitz Tribe

Aileen Gagney - American Lung Association of WA, Master Home Environmentalist Program

Reva Wittenberg/Keith Zang - Asthma Program Manager, Washington State Department of Health

Gillian Mittelstaedt - Facilitator, Tulalip Air Quality Program