186148 Education and community resource building through the New York City Healthy Homes Hardware Store Campaign

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 10:45 AM

Danielle Greene, DrPH , Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Janice Kim, MPH , Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Donna Patris, BS , Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Flor Camilo, BS , Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Deborah Nagin, MPH , Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, NY
Objectives: Lead poisoning remains a health problem in NYC. As lead dust from repair or renovation work is a primary cause of lead poisoning, safe work practices are one way to reduce this risk. However, research has also shown that stores selling repair and renovation products have limited ability to provide guidance on safe work practices or products.

Methods: In 2004, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene implemented a membership campaign providing point-of-purchase information on safe work practices and products to small contractors, superintendents, landlords, and "do-it-yourselfers". Multilingual educational materials are distributed by member hardware and paint retail stores. Store visits are used to recruit new members, educate employees, restock materials, and promote compliance with local signage laws. While the campaign initially focused on lead paint, materials address several home health hazards such as mold, pest control, asthma triggers, and household chemicals among others.

Results: 430 stores are enrolled in the campaign. These stores have distributed 106,536 educational materials. 800 store employees have received safe work practices training. When visited, 121 stores had the required signage posted that dry scraping and dry sanding of paint is prohibited.

Conclusions: Neighborhood store participation in the campaign has been high. Stores can serve as important education and community resources, particularly in under-served areas. As the campaign expands in 2008, stores will participate in worker training opportunities, provide education on other local signage laws and additional home health hazards, and provide joint sponsorship of healthy homes advertising and community events.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this session, audience members will be able to: 1. Create a retail store based educational campaign in their own communities. 2. Describe the role retailers can play in reducing home health hazards. 3. Identify ways to engage retailers as a community resource.

Keywords: Community Building, Environmental Health Hazards

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: „X Design, implement, & evaluate unit activities. „X Develop culturally appropriate educational materials in collaboration with target communities, including annual multilingual radio & print media campaigns. „X Supervise data analysis activities from data entry to final report. „X Author internal & external reports, grant applications, conference abstracts, & manuscripts. „X Direct strategic planning efforts for unit & participate in developing program-wide strategic plan. „X Recruit, supervise, & evaluate 20 unit staff. Dissertation „X Greene D. Identifying the Key to Sustainability in Public Health Collaborations. Columbia University. March 2004. Peer-review „X Abramowitz S, Greene D. Ryan White CARE Act Title IV Programs: A Preliminary Characterization of Benefits and Costs. AIDS and Public Policy. Vol. 20, No. 3/4, Fall/Winter 2005. „X Northridge M, Vallone D, Merzel C, Greene D, et al. The Adolescent Years: A Partnership in Harlem Comes of Age. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Vol. 6, No.1, January 2000. „X Greene D, Healton C, Hamburg M, et al. Creating Training Opportunities for Public Health Practitioners. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 16, No. 3S, April 1999. Reports „X Ehrlich J, Nagin D, Greene D, Clark N, Leighton J. Lead Poisoning: Prevention, Identification, and Management. City Health Information. 2007; 26(3):15-22. „X Preventing Lead Poisoning in New York City, Annual Report 2005. New York: NYC DOHMH, May 2007. „X Greene D. Reviewing the Case for an Environmental Cause of Parkinson¡¦s disease. Loss, Grief, & Care. Vol. 8, No. 3/4, 2000. „X Garfield R, Greene D, Abramson D, et al. Washington Heights/Inwood: The Health of a Community II. NY: The Health of the Public Program, Columbia University 1997. „X Greene D, DeMartini D, Nagin D. ¡§Lead Poisoning Among Foreign-Born Residents of New York City (NYC): Demographics and Interventions.¡¨ American Public Health Association 135th Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. November 5, 2007. „X Greene D, Nagin D, Tehranifar P, Steinsapir C. ¡§Innovative Policy Strategies and Community Partnerships for Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning.¡¨ American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. December 13, 2005. „X Greene D, Irvine M, Jearld S, et al. ¡§Caregivers¡¦ Perspectives on the Environmental Aspects of Care and Their Effect on Antiretroviral Medication Adherence.¡¨ American Public Health Association 132nd Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. November 10, 2004. „X Greene D. ¡§Characterizing Title IV Networks Qualitative Analysis.¡¨ Ryan White All Titles Conference. Washington, DC. August 26, 2004. „X Greene D, Cantrell J, Irvine M, et al. ¡§The Transtheoretical Model of Stages of Behavior Changes and Its Implications for Adherence to HIV Medications: The Northern Manhattan Experience.¡¨ Making It Work: Helping Family Members Adhere to HIV Medications. New Haven, CT. November 16, 2000. „X Garfield R, Greene D, ¡§Health of a Community: Importance of Context in Evaluating Health Services.¡¨ Eastern Nursing Research Society. New York, NY. April 11, 1999. „X Greene D, Vallone D, Healton C, et al. ¡§Partnerships in Community Health Assessments-Research Linkages Between Academia & Public Health Practice.¡¨ Prevention ¡¥99. Washington, DC. March 19, 1999.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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