Healthy Homes Training
The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department (ACHHD) provides training to increase awareness and knowledge of lead safety and healthy housing principles. Training is provided to those involved in helping families to improve the health and the safety of their home environment, including home visitors and those in construction, maintenance, and regulation of housing. The Program also acts as a resource to build capacity in others so they can carry out these trainings in California.
Who Does The Program Train?
The ACHHD provides training to:
- Health and housing home visitors to recognize existing or potential housing-related problems and suggest low-cost, effective solutions to these problems, provide education to occupants, and encourage occupant behavior change to improve health.
- Housing rehabilitation and weatherization program staff to support the incorporation of healthy housing principles in these programs.
- Partner agency staff to promote and support efforts to make systemic change towards integration of healthy housing principles and interdisciplinary cooperation among agencies, partnerships, and collaborations.
What Trainings Are Provided?
The ACHHD is a National Center for Healthy Housing Training Partner (see below for more detail) and offers the following National Center courses:
- Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners:
This two-day course makes the connection between health and housing and promotes a holistic approach to identify and resolve problems which threaten the health of residents. This comprehensive training course is appropriate for a wide range of home visitors and professionals involved in housing and housing-related health issues.
- Integrated Pest Management in Multi-Family Housing: (Coming Up September 29th, 2015)
This one-day course can help property owners and managers, code enforcement and pest control professionals, public housing authorities, support services staff as well as maintenance staff and resident leaders, to understand the links between pests and human health, use safer and more cost-effective methods for reducing pest infestations, and to implement a comprehensive integrated pest management (IPM) program.
- Health Opportunities in Energy Audits and Upgrades:
This one-day course teaches energy efficiency staff about healthy housing and explains how energy efficiency is only one part of a safe and healthy home.
- Healthy Housing for Community Health Workers:
This is a one-day course for home visitors such as Community Health Workers with experience in providing in-home education. This course increases the range of knowledge of CHWs so they can provide healthy homes information to members of their communities. The course is targeted to individuals who work as health advocates in their communities.
- Code Inspection for Healthier Homes:
A four-hour course that connects housing conditions to residents' health, identifies health-related provisions of standardized codes, and addresses enforcement strategies related to healthy housing issues. This course focuses more on the International Property Maintenance Code and covers a wider range of healthy housing issues.
In addition, the ACHHD provides the following classes and presentations :
- Healthy Housing Overview for Rental Property Owners:
A two-hour overview introduces rental property owners to the impact of unhealthy housing, healthy housing principles, steps they can take to maintain healthy housing units, and relationship to laws and regulations.
- Healthy Housing Overview for Agencies:
In development, this two-to-four hour class will introduce staff of partner agencies to healthy homes principles, the impact of unhealthy homes, and examples of healthy housing interventions and programs.
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2015
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Alameda Point Collaborative Service Center
677 West Ranger Avenue
Cost: Early bird $75 prior to September 9th. Beginning September 9th the training fee is $95.
- Available Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
- This program has been approved by the Building Performance Institute for a total of 4 BPI continuing education units
- This program has been approved by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for a total of 7.5 NARI continuing education units
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org about CEU requirements.
The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department is a partner with the National Healthy Homes Training Center. To register for this course, please visit http://www.healthyhousingsolutions.com/hhtc. For questions about registering, please email us.
The National Center For Healthy Housing
The National Center for Healthy Housing is a nonprofit corporation based in Columbia, Maryland, dedicated to creating healthy and safe homes for children. Using a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, NCHH brings the public health, housing, environmental, and regulatory communities together to combat disease and injuries caused by hazards in the home.