Webinar Program for National Healthy Homes Month

Theme: Healthy Housing for All

National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) is an annual outreach effort sponsored by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (HUD/OLHCHH). Throughout June, OLHCHH, along with our partners, heighten awareness of health-related hazards in residences and other housing types, with recommended actions to address them.

The target audiences for these informational webinars are a variety of stakeholders and partners. These encompass OLHCHH grantees, Federal agencies, Health Care Providers, HUD field staff, and others, depending on the topics.

This year, our theme of Healthy Housing for All underlines how the healthy homes model impacts such a wide range of residents. The continuing impact of the COVID-19 virus greatly increases the need for awareness of, and actions around, many indoor environmental health concerns. https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/HH/documents/8-Principles-Healthy-Home.pdf

Our webinars have consistently proven to be one of the most popular features of NHHM. The support of our partners helps us reach our target audiences and broadens the range of techniques for educating families and individuals. Another goal is to create awareness of new resources that are, or will become, available. Ultimate audiences include family households (owners or renters), with an emphasis on those living in older, low-income, and substandard housing.

Another goal is to create awareness of new resources that are, or will become, available. Ultimate audiences include family households (owners or renters), with an emphasis on those living in older, low-income, and substandard housing.


Please read over the short description of each webinar, presenter, and target audience. To attend a webinar, follow the link below each webinar to register. You must register for each webinar you plan to attend. Registration is limited to the first 500 registrants, so please plan on registering early. Once you have registered, you will receive confirmation by email, including instructions
for connecting to the webinar on the day of the event. If you have any technical questions or concerns about registering for, or attending a webinar, please contact Michael Goldschmidt, Director of the National Healthy Homes Partnership at goldschmidtm@missouri.edu. We look forward to your attendance and participation at our webinars!

Schedule (All times are Eastern)

June 23, 2:00 pm “The Longer Term Effectiveness of Home Asthma Interventions.” Presenters are David A. Turcotte, ScD, Research Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Helen Margellos-Anast, MPH, President, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Sinai Health System, Chicago, Illinois; and Matthew Perzanowski, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental
Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City.

  • Target Audiences- OLHCHH grantees; Federal agencies with related programs;
    HUD/OLHCHH field staff; University-based Healthy Homes educators; Health Care
    Providers; and many other stakeholders.
  • Webinar Description:

Dr. Turcotte: Asthma has many known indoor environmental triggers including dust, pests, smoke, and mold, as evidenced by the 25 million people in the U.S. population who have asthma. We conducted a HUD-funded multifaceted home environmental intervention projects with older adults in diverse low-income households. Our results provide significant evidence that these interventions work to improve environmental quality and health of this population with asthma over a 1-year follow-up. We will describe the results from the initial intervention studies and the change from the end of the initial intervention to baseline assessment of the follow-up study. Ms. Helen Margellos-Anas: Low-income and minority adults and children experience a disproportionate burden of asthma and associated poor health outcomes. Previous research supports that community health worker (CHW) led healthy homes interventions improve asthma outcomes amongst pediatric populations, however, there has been less research on the effectiveness of these programs with adults or on the longer-term effectiveness of interventions, a key consideration when quantifying economic impact. This webinar features findings from the Helping Chicago’s Westside Adults Breathe and Thrive HCWABT Maintenance Phase (HCWABT II) trial. The HCWABT II trial is the first study to examine the long-term effectiveness of CHW interventions for adults with poorly controlled asthma. Mr. Matthew Perzanowski: He will focus on sustained environmental interventions to reduce asthma morbidity in low-income urban settings. Exposure to fungi (mold) and
domestic allergens from mice and cockroaches are known triggers of asthma exacerbations. Thus, these are important targets for interventions to reduce asthma morbidity; however, sustained reduction in exposure is challenging. Columbia University, the Little Sisters of Assumption Family Health Service and The New York Academy of Medicine recently conducted an intervention study to evaluate established cost-effective methods for preventing and controlling fungi and excess moisture in the homes of children with asthma. The study focused on the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, a low-income, primarily Latino neighborhood with high asthma prevalence. The need for urban policy interventions to assist families in sustained reduction of asthma triggers will also be discussed.

Registration URLhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/266550612932733966
Webinar ID: 718-519-011


June 25, 2:00 pm. “Interventions to Help Seniors Safely Age in Place” Presenters are Jill V. Breysse, MHS, CIH, Project Manager, National Center for Healthy Housing, Columbia, MD. Our second presenter is Dr. Susan (Susy) L. Stark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

  • Target Audiences- OLHCHH grantees; Health Care Providers; Federal agencies with
    related programs: University-based Healthy Homes educators; HUD/OLHCHH field
    staff; and many other stakeholders.
  • Webinar Description:

Ms. Breysee: The NCHH was funded to replicate the Johns Hopkins University CAPABLE model, a client-centered, home-based, integrated set of interventions utilizing an occupational therapist, a registered nurse, and a home repair professional to improve older adults’ mobility, functionality, and capacity to safely age in place. The ultimate goals of the Aging Gracefully project was to increase elderly residents’ control over their physical function and improve their housing conditions so they can remain in their homes and move more independently and safely inside and outside their homes. NCHH evaluated whether the CAPABLE could be successful in four diverse communities with different types of implementation organizations, housing stocks, and clients of varying backgrounds. Dr. Starke: Community dwelling older adults with chronic health conditions face functional decline that impacts their ability to live independently. They are more likely to require assistance performing their daily activities and are at a substantially greater risk of falling. Compensating for impairments with environmental support and self-management strategies can lessen the impact of functional decline, reduce the risk of falling and reduce the demand on health systems and caregivers.  Dr. Stark's clinical translational research seeks to develop and test the efficacy and effectiveness of compensatory interventions aimed at improving an older adults ability to age at home safely, elucidate their mechanism of action and implement programs to improve health outcomes.

Registration URLhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1795966889122726158
Webinar ID: 456-697-195


June 30, 2:00 pm. “The Grande Finale” of NHHM ’20: The Winners of the HUD Secretary’s Awards for Healthy Homes.” This is HUD’s annual competition recognizing excellence in making indoor environments healthier through implementation of healthy
homes concepts and practices. HUD partners with the National Environmental Health Association in holding the Award. NEHA’s panel of judges review all nominations and forward to HUD for final decisions. Additional information forthcoming.

  • Target Audiences- Organizations interested in providing nominations for the 2021 competition; stakeholders who want to learn more about award-winning housing and indoor environmental health programs. The Award highlights some of the nation’s most significant work on the relationship between living environments and resident health, in a variety of housing types.

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3611377134835848975
Webinar ID: 165-212-067