246568 Tools that Build Capacity to Educate NC Families about Home-Based Health Hazards

Monday, October 31, 2011

Amy MacDonald, MS , UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
The Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) of the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) is developing an environmental health toolbox for public health professionals to use with clients in low income and minority communities in NC. We will demonstrate a range of materials used in train-the-trainer sessions to address environmental health concerns such as asthma, lead poisoning, pesticides and home safety. These materials include videos, a Jr. Healthy Homes Detective Program for youth, educational literature that meets varying literacy levels and a home assessment form used to educate families about environmental health hazards in their homes. We will describe how these materials are used by a variety of health professionals--including environmental health specialists, community health workers, nurses, and health educators--to reach vulnerable populations. The presentation will also include preliminary evaluation results from trainings with health professionals and home assessments conducted by community health workers, including indicators of behavior change among participating families.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify healthy homes assessment trainings as an effective way to train public health professionals to identify and educate clients on in-home environmental hazards. 2. Demonstrate environmental health education tools such as videos, a Jr. Healthy Homes Detectives program, and healthy homes workshops for use by various health practitionersí to meet the needs of their communities for environmental health education.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Housing

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I coordinate statewide environmental health outreach programming aimed at childhood lead poisoning prevention and healthy homes in NC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.