Healthy Homes & Communities
The scope of environmental health work includes both indoor and outdoor spaces as well as community planning and design. Environmental health practitioners often work with community planners, policy makers, public health nurses, and building supervisors to ensure that public health is protected, both in their home and outside.
Health Impact Assessments (HIA) is a fast-growing field that helps policy makers make decisions by bringing together scientific data, health expertise and public input to identify the potential—and often overlooked—health effects of proposed new laws, regulations, projects and programs.
Healthy Homes programs focus on the importance of family and children's health within their home. Whether it is radon infiltration of the presence of vectors or other public health pests, creating a living environment that is free from potential irritants and contaminants allows families and children to thrive.
HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes
The HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes highlights some of the nation's most significant work on the relationship between living environments and resident health, and lays the foundation for future healthy homes work. Application period opens on February 13 and is open through March 29. Winners will be announced at the Annual Education Conference July 9-12, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.