Healthy Homes

Program Overview

The spaces we live in impact our ability to live, learn and grow. Housing can be a contributing factor to health issues like asthma, allergies, lead exposure and other chronic illnesses. Poor housing conditions like chipping or peeling paint, pest infestations and holes in walls can be detrimental to health – which is why WHE created the Healthy Homes Program, offering Healthy Home Assessments, community resources and Workshops, and professional advice from our Community Health Workers.

 

Healthy Homes Program

The Healthy Homes program provides relevant, reliable, science-based information to empower families to make changes in their home to create a healthier environment and become advocates for policies and regulations to protect everyone from environmental health hazards in the home. The Homes Program specializes in the Healthy Homes Assessment – a FREE in-home assessment offered to those in environmental justice communities who are concerned about air, water and material quality in their homes.

 

Sign up for a Healthy Homes Assessment!

Individuals in Allegheny County living in environmental justice communities who are concerned about environmental hazards and/or are dealing with issues like asthma or lead poisoning are eligible for a FREE Healthy Home Assessment which includes a visual assessment of their home for environmental hazards including: allergens, asthma triggers, lead-based paint hazards, mold and moisture, pests, and other health and safety hazards. Through this program, participants will understand and be able recognize environmental hazards in their home and know what services are available to help them.

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Support & Resources

The Healthy Homes program also provides community workshops and programming geared toward young families around healthy homes, lead exposure, mold, radon and green cleaning and provide resources to reduce asthma and allergy triggers through our healthy homes cleaning kits.

 

Healthy Homes Workshops

Healthy Homes provides free community-based workshops with hands-on activities. We emphasize education and affordable solutions for families to maintain healthy homes.

Mon Valley Community Health Worker

WHE offers free support for family’s health concerns, especially concerning asthma and air quality in the Mon Valley communities of Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport.  Our team provides help with:

  • Controlling your asthma systems
  • Understanding your provider’s treatment plan
  • Identifying barriers to treatment, like cost or insurance
  • Connecting you with community services and resources
  • Coordinating activities of your asthma care team
  • Protecting your family by advocating for change

Self-Assessment Questions

  • Is your family affected by asthma?
  • Do you have concerns about lead exposure?
  • Are you worried about the effects of air quality?
  • Are you interested in learning more about creating a healthy home?
  • Do you need help getting connected to community resources?

Germaine Gooden-Patterson

WHE's Community Health Worker

If you said ‘yes,’ then it’s time to contact Germaine Gooden-Patterson, WHE’s Community Health Worker.

Germaine provides families in the Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport communities with support and resources. Germaine is here to provide FREE help for you in our community.

CEDCC Office Hours:

By Appointment Only

Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am – 2:30pm 

282 St. Clair Avenue
Clairton, PA 15025

For more information, contact Germaine at

  • 412 – 425 – 0710
  • Email
Join us for the:

2022 Healthy Schools PA Summit

Where and When? December 9, 2022 Virtual

8:30am– Welcome from Phil Johnson, Heinz Foundation on the Healthy Schools PA State of the Schools Report 

9:00-10:00am: First Keynote speaker: former Climate Advisor to the Obama Administration and Activist, Molly Kawahata

10:00-11:00am Panel — Teaching Hope to the Next Generation of Climate Leaders in the School Environment  

11:00-11:15am: Break 

11:15-12:15pm – Second Keynote Speaker: Research Scientist and Deputy Indoor Environment Group Leader in Energy Analysis and Environmental Impact Division at Lawrence: Dr. Rengie Chan

12:15 – 12:45 pm: Break for lunch 

12:45– 1:15 pm: Expert presentation on what it takes to promote and protect healthy school environments across PA

1:15 – 2:30 pm – Learning from Experts and Innovators’ Award-Winning Initiatives in School Environmental Health featuring PA Green Ribbon Schools.

2:30pm– Close with final remarks from Healthy Schools PA Program Manager, Shannon Meyers 

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Together, we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for our children and those who devote their lives to shaping them into the next generation of leaders. Join engaging panel discussions among community leaders, policymakers, advocates, scientists and families from across our region, state and nation for the Healthy Schools Pennsylvania Summit on December 9, 2022.

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