191119 Seven Principles of Healthy Housing: Keep It Ventilated, Keep It Pest Free

Saturday, October 25, 2008: 3:15 PM

Brenda Reyes, MD, MPH , Bureau of Community & Children's Environmental Health, City of Houston Department of Health & Human Services, Houston, TX
Nancy Manning Crider, MS, RN, CNAA , School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
Keep it Pest Free (signs & evidence of cockroaches & rodents; how to minimize & eliminate source of food and harborage). Integrated pest management (IPM) strategies that effectively control colonizing pests while avoiding the unnecessary use of pesticides inside the home will be discussed. Keep it Ventilated (how air flows, what needs ventilation); Group exercises to recognize ventilation and pest problems and simple cost effective corrective actions will be utilized.

Learning Objectives:
Identify three clues of pest infestation. Describe three IPM strategies to control pests and rodents. Name two illegal pesticides that may be used in the home. List three things that power ventilation. Name five items in a household that require ventilation. Identify three household contaminants that can be removed with ventilation.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Brenda M. Reyes, MD, MPH is the Bureau Chief of the Community & Children’s Environmental Health at the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Reyes started working with the city of Houston in 2001 as the Manager for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. In 2003 became the Administration Manager for HUD’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control grant and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and by 2005 became the Children’s Environmental Health, Bureau Chief. She worked as Chief Medical Doctor with the Rotary International at Finca La Alegria at Choloma City and as Chief Medical Doctor with the Honduran Ministry of Public Health at Choloma. She is the Chairperson of the city of Houston Lead Jurisdiction Wide Screening Plan; Chairperson of the Leverage of Funds Subcommittee for the Texas Advisory Committee; Texas Gulf Coast Asthma Coalition Chairperson; Texas Asthma Coalition’s Environmental Health vice-Chair; EPA Beyond the Forum Environmental and Health Committee Chairperson; National HUD Grantees Association Board Member; NCI Head Start Service Advisory Committee; AVANCE Head Start/Early Head Start Health Services Advisory Committee. Also member of the following coalitions: Texas Coalition of Asthma Networks (TexCAN); Houston Mayor’s Lead Task Force; Texas Gulf Coast Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition; Hispanic Coalition, African American Coalition, and others. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented her with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Recognition Award for her collaboration at the Superfund Site MDI and the EPA Recognition Award – for the STAR Program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

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