Strafford County Healthy Homes

The mission of the Strafford County Public Health Region’s Healthy Homes Initiative is to improve residents’ health and well-being by eliminating hazards in the homes.  This is accomplished through education, improving access to Healthy Homes resources, direct services and continuously seeking greater efficiencies.

What is a Healthy Home?

A growing body of evidence links housing conditions to health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, lung cancer, and unintentional injuries. A “healthy home” is a home designed, constructed, maintained, or rehabilitated in a manner that supports the health of its residents.

A program shift is under way to move from this single focus to addressing multiple environmental, health and safety risk factors affecting families in New Hampshire. This shift to a holistic, coordinated approach will assess multiple potential risks or hazards within a home, including broad safety and health promotion information during home visits, and coordination of referrals and follow-up. The move toward “healthy homes” is in concert with federal initiatives to approach housing-related hazards and deficiencies in a coordinated and comprehensive way to prevent diseases and injuries. This approach also reflects a more efficient and effective use of existing resources.


HEALTHY HOMES PRINCIPLES:

KEEP IT DRY

KEEP IT CLEAN

KEEP IT WELL-VENTILATED

KEEP IT FREE FROM CONTAMINANTS

KEEP IT PEST FREE

KEEP IT SAFE

KEEP IT WELL-MAINTAINED

KEEP IT ACCESSIBLE

KEEP IT ENERGY EFFICIENT

Tips on creating a Healthy Home room by room are available here.

Strafford County Healthy Homes Milestones:

In 2011, HSCSC recieved funding from the NH Asthma Control Program to develop a Healthy Homes Strategic Action Plan for Strafford County. Shortly thereafter, additional funding from the NH Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provided implementation and childhood lead posioning case management funding.

In February 2012, after 6 months of planning with dozens of local and state stakeholders, the Strafford County Public Health Region Healthy Homes Strategic Action Plan was completed.

Implementation of Strategic Action Plan items is set for 2012. Goals included in the workplan:

  • Reduce asthma related illness among Strafford County residents
  • Eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Strafford County
  • Create a "One Touch" approach to Healthy Homes in Strafford County
  • Generate awareness of home-based health and safety hazards and provide tools to address them
  • Engage multi-disciplinary partners to ensure growth and sustainability of the Strafford County Healthy Homes Initiative

For more information about the Strafford County Healthy Homes Coalition contact HSCSC at 603-335-0168.

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The work of the Strafford County Healthy Homes Coalition is guided by The NH Healthy Homes Statewide Steering Committee and funded by the NH DHHS DPHS Healthy Homes &  Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. More information is available here.