Links

For more information about the health topics Boston Healthy Homes and Schools Collaborative (BHHSC) is addressing and about programs similar to that of BHHSC, take a look at some of the links below.


Asthma

  • Boston Public Health Commission: Asthma Prevention and Control Program
    Asthma Prevention and Control Program was established in 1998 by the Boston Public Health Commission in order to address residents concerns over rising asthma rates in their communities. This webpage lists, describes, and links to a number of initiatives that the program operates in order to “help children and families manage the symptoms of and the environmental contributors to asthma”
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Asthma
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leading provider of credible health information. CDC website for asthma provides not only basic information about asthma, but also useful information about triggers, asthma management, and population-specific resources.
  • Children’s Health Fund: Family Asthma Guide
    The Family Asthma Guide is a culturally competent tool for families and health care providers seeking to learn more about asthma and about how individuals with asthma can manage their condition while also leading meaningful and productive lives. The guide is also available in Spanish.

  • Environmental Protection Agency: Asthma
    The Environmental Protection Agency website on asthma is an invaluable resource which provides population specific information, research, information about on-going asthma-related programs, and tools for managing one’s asthma.

  • Health Resources in Action: Asthma Regional Council of New England
    This is the homepage of the Asthma Regional Council of New England (ARC). ARC is BHHSC’s sister program, which seeks to reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations. Here, you can find information about healthy homes (see “Healthy Homes” section below), asthma management, state asthma programs, and other initiatives.

Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS)

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Secondhand Smoke
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leading provider of credible health information. The CDC webpage for ETS (secondhand smoke) has facts sheets, information, and other resources such as case studies, consumer guides and reports, and reports from the Surgeon General.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leading provider of credible health information. This CDC webpage lists population-specific and health effect-specific information about ETS; this webpage is supplementary to the CDC’s other webpage regarding ETS (secondhand smoke).

  • Environmental Protection Agency: Secondhand Smoke
    The Environmental Protection Agency webpage on ETS (secondhand smoke) provides information about environmental tobacco smoke as an asthma trigger.

  • Make Smoking History
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Health site with information on secondhand smoke and tobacco cessation support and resources.

 

Lead Poisoning

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Lead
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leading provider of credible health information. The CDC website for lead provides not only basic information about lead, but also useful information prevention, state and local programs, policy resources, and current statistics.

  • Environmental Protection Agency: Lead
    The Environmental Protection Agency website on lead provides information about lead, how to check for lead in the home, and how to protect one’s home or one’s family from lead poisoning.

Healthy Homes

  • Alliance for Healthy Homes
    The Alliance for Healthy Homes—a subset of the National Center for Healthy Housing—provides valuable information on their website about the significance of housing as a health issue and their efforts toward promoting healthy, affordable housing.

  • Asthma Regional Council of New England: Healthy Homes
    This webpage describes housing as a health issue and provides information about home hazards, integrated pest management, existing research, and more.
  • Boston Public Health Commission: Healthy Homes
    The Boston Public Health Commission’s “Healthy Homes” webpage describes two community initiatives geared toward improving environmental conditions in the home in order to improve the health of occupants.

  • Boston Public Health Commission: Smoke-Free Housing
    The Boston Public Health Commission’s webpage on smoke-free housing links to resources for landlords, property owners, and tenants to find and/or support smoke-free housing.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Healthy Homes
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a leading provider of credible health information. The CDC Healthy Homes webpage has facts sheets, information, and other resources about housing-related health issues such as asthma, lead, and environmental tobacco smoke.

  • Environmental Protection Agency: Smoke-Free Homes and Cars Program
    The Smoke-Free Homes and Cars Program is a joint-program designed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in order to improve the quality of life of head start families. This website provides information about the program, publications, and other resources.

  • National Center for Healthy Housing
    The National Center for Healthy Housing website features considerable information about not only housing-related health issues but also substantial information regarding their organization, initiatives, research, training programs, and policy work.

  • National Healthy Homes Conference
    The National Healthy Homes Conference is an annual event during which representatives, leaders, and experts from a wide range of organizations from across the nation convene to discuss the issue of “healthy, safe, and sustainable homes.” This is the event’s official website, which provides details about the conference.

 

Healthy Schools

  • Asthma and Schools
    This website provides education professionals with information about asthma and how to handle asthma in a school environment.

  • Environmental Protection Agency: Improving Health in Schools
    This Environmental Protection Agency website provides information and resources about asthma and indoor air quality-related health issues in schools and about how to address these issues.

  • Environmental Protection Agency: Healthy School Environments
    The Environmental Protection Agency website for Healthy School Environments provides guidelines and tools for improving environmental conditions in schools. One tool featured here is the Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT)—a customizable software program designed to help school districts evaluate and manage all of their environmental, safety and health issues.

  • Environmental Protection Agency: IAQ Tools for Schools Program
    The IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Tools for Schools program is a “comprehensive resource” designed by the EPA in order to “help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing IAQ problems.” This website provides resources (e.g., publications, web conferences, case studies) to various audiences, including school/district officials, students, teachers, parents, facilities staff, and health care professionals.
  • Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
    Healthy Schools Network, Inc, is a national organization geared toward improving the environmental conditions of schools in order to enhance the well-being of the children who attend them. This is their official website, which provides information about the initiatives.

  • Making Health Academic: Action Steps for Implementing a Healthy School Environment
    This webpage identifies ways in which schools, families and communities, and organizations can promote healthier school environments. This webpage also links to a number of asthma-related resources.

Miscellaneous

  • Boston Public Health Commission: Health of Boston 2010
    Each year, the Boston Public Health Commission publishes the Health of Boston report, which “provides a review of select health conditions, risk behaviors, and social determinants of health and “presents a broad picture of health in our city and identifies individuals and communities at greatest risk for certain conditions.” This is the most recent report.
The American Lung Association will be hosting "Health and Medical Community Briefing on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan on Tuesday July 8th at 4:00pm. Follow this link to register:https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/941912842
Boston's Inspectional Services Department was honored at the National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville last weekend with a Healthy Homes Champion Award for their proactive inspection work. Congratulations to everyone involved!! BHHSC applauds ISD for their continuing work to ensure everyone has a safe and healthy home! For more information on the proactive Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance, go to ISD's website.
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