Healthy Homes Initiative
What is the Healthy Homes Initiative?
The goal of the MSU Extension Healthy Homes Initiative is to equip Mississippians with the knowledge they need to keep their indoor environments safe and healthy. HHI is part of MSU Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences program, the goal of which is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in Mississippi.
What does the Healthy Homes Initiative offer?
Tailored to meet your residential needs, the Healthy Home Solutions is a 12-topic curriculum, developed by and for Extension educators. The topics can be presented individually or as a series, and they are adaptable to fit a range of timeframes. Topic titles are:
- Healthy Homes Overview
- Indoor Air Quality Overview
- Asthma & Allergies
- Mold & Moisture Control
- Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases
- Drinking Water
- Home Safety
- Hazardous Household Products
- Integrated Pest Management
- Home Energy
Who might benefit from the Healthy Homes training?
- Childcare providers
- Environmental health practitioners
- Public health nurses
- Housing professionals
- Community outreach workers
- Tribal environmental health officials
- Leaders of community-based organizations
Looking for more advanced training for professionals?
Check out our partners in the Extension Center for Continuing Education who more than 20 different asbestos, lead, and mold removal classes designed for contractors, home inspectors, painters, and others at http://ce.extension.msstate.edu/programs/safety-environmental-training.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Taking care of your home will make it a healthier environment for your loved ones. (Illustration designed by Beth Barron)
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.