A majority of U.S. families, approximately 67%, live in a home with at least one major health risk. [Source: National Center for Healthy Housing, 2009]
View the video, Uncovering Hidden Hazards in Your Home, produced by the COEC in partnership with DPH and the UNC Institute for the Environment.
Through a partnership with the Division of Public Health (DPH) and local health and housing agencies across the state, the COEC is working to reduce North Carolinians’ exposure to home hazards like poor indoor air quality, pests and pesticides, lead contamination, and to prevent home injuries.
COEC staff teaches the National Center for Healthy Housing Community Health Worker curriculum, a 7-hour training to teach individuals who work as health advocates in their communities to provide one-on-one and large group education on healthy homes, provide general advice about specific healthy homes problems, and be able to recommend healthy homes approaches to be taken by families, landlords and other community members.
The COEC helps to support www.nchealthyhomes.com, a web resource aimed at residents who have concerns about indoor environmental health hazards.
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What you can do
Become a community resource: Contact COEC staff for a healthy homes workshop or Community Health Worker course.
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