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Workshop Descriptions

Healthy Homes Overview

In the Healthy Homes Overview session, you will learn background information and the principles of healthy housing. You also will learn about issues that affect home occupants and how to conduct a home assessment.

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Indoor Air Quality Overview

In the Indoor Air Quality Overview session, you will learn about the causes of poor indoor air quality and how to detect and correct indoor air pollutants.

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Radon

In the Radon session, you will learn where radon comes from, its health risks to home occupants, and methods to detect and mitigate radon's entry into homes.

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Asthma & Allergies

In the Asthma & Allergies session, you will learn about asthma and how to identify and prevent asthma and allergy triggers in the home environment.

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Mold & Moisture Control

In the Mold & Moisture Control session, you will get a basic overview of mold and home moisture control concepts and methods.

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Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases

In the Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases session, you will learn general information about the dangers of carbon monoxide and other combustion gases found in homes. You also will learn about detection and routine inspection methods required to keep families safe.

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Lead

In the Lead session, you will learn about the health risks, screening guidelines, testing procedures, and preventability of childhood lead poisoning.

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Drinking Water

In the Drinking Water session, you will learn the basics of private well water testing and protection. This session gives an overview of on-site waste (septic) systems and best management practices.

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Home Safety

In the Home Safety session, you will learn action steps to reduce safety hazards in the home.

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Hazardous Household Products

In the Hazardous Household Products session, you will learn about commonly used household products that can be hazardous to home occupants' health. You will learn how to use these products safely or choose safer products.

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Integrated Pest Management

In the Integrated Pest Management session, you will gain general knowledge of what pest management is and how it relates to creating a healthy home.

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Home Energy

In the Home Energy session, you will learn to address healthy home concerns by making energy-efficient improvements. This lesson addresses weatherization activities and the potentially negative impact they can have on occupants' health if done improperly.

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Publications

News

Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative October 23, 2017

A program designed to teach early childhood teachers and center directors how to provide a safe and clean environment for young children recently received national recognition. 

The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences selected the Healthy Homes for Child Care program, developed by the Mississippi State University Extension Service, as the Southern Region winner and a national winner in the Clean and Healthy Families and Communities category. 

Filed Under: Creating Healthy Indoor Childcare Environments July 12, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two state agencies are collaborating on a Mississippi program designed to keep child care centers healthy and safe.

Creating Healthy Indoor Child Care Environments is a workshop series that offers training to child care providers and continuing education credit required for licensure. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Child Care Licensure sponsor the series.

Russell Carroll, a maintenance supervisor with the Canton Housing Authority in Canton, Mississippi, checks batteries in a smoke detector in one of the housing units he services. Carroll participated in a Healthy Homes Initiative training and shares information with his colleagues and clients to help them improve their environments. (File photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative June 8, 2017

By Jessica Smith
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is celebrating National Healthy Homes Month by equipping Mississippians with knowledge to solve housing challenges.

The month-long celebration, coordinated by MSU Extension's Healthy Homes Initiative, provides opportunities to engage in local activities and empowers families to protect themselves from hazards in their homes.

Leaving dirty dishes in the sink provides a feast for pests. Integrated pest management emphasizes practical, cost-efficient strategies for keeping rodents and insects out of the home. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Household Insects, Insects-Pests May 1, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Spring has begun, and while that means warmer weather and blooming flowers, it may mean more pests infiltrating your home.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, explained the importance of integrated pest management and the steps that make up the IPM process. He said IPM focuses on common-sense activities around the house, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly and affordable practices over regular application of insecticide.

Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative, Health April 28, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- As spring blooms outdoors, many people with allergies take refuge inside their homes, but indoor air pollutants can trigger allergic reactions, as well.

"Dust, pollen, cockroaches, pet dander, dust mites, and mold and mildew found inside homes can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms for many people," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "Make routine cleaning a priority to help control these pollutants."

Success Stories

Russell Carroll, a housing authority official, shares his story about Extension training.
Healthy Homes Initiative Extension Matters: Volume 3 Number 3

He is already good at what he does as maintenance supervisor with the Canton Housing Authority, but Russell Carroll wants to be even better.

Anytime he gets a chance to participate in a training program, he takes it. Russell Carroll cares about sharing the best practices—and implementing them—to benefit the tenants on his watch.

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Furniture Cleaner

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:30pm
All Purpose Cleaner
Extension Stories

All-Purpose Cleaner

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:30pm
Glass Cleaner
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Glass Cleaner

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 3:30pm

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Contacts

Extension Associate I

Your Extension Experts

Asst Extension/Research Prof
State Health Specialist
Area Extension Agent IV
Area Family Resource Management Agent for Coastal Region Counties