Concord, NH – A new report is now available reviewing the housing data from New Hampshire homes that were visited using the One-Touch healthy home visiting model. A total of 109 households located in Manchester participated, and information was gathered regarding energy use, asthma, tobacco, lead poisoning, fire and carbon monoxide safety, radon, pests, and injury. Agencies that used the One-Touch Healthy Home visiting model during their home visits included energy auditors, nurse case managers, homelessness prevention advocates, healthy home specialist and early childhood intervention specialist. These home visitors were trained to understand the link between a person’s environment and their health and were able to identify high risk hazards while in the home during a routine visit.
Using the One-Touch assessment tool, 30% of the households visited were identified as having one or more family members with asthma, and of these households, 64% of the asthmatics reported living with someone who smokes tobacco, a known asthma trigger. The One-Touch assessment tool also identified additional asthma triggers in these households that include insects and rodents, moisture, mold, candles, incense, and air fresheners.
“Unhealthy housing conditions may seem like cosmetic problems,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). “But potential hazards are where you least expect them; peeling paint can contain lead, moisture can trigger asthma, and clutter can shelter insects and rodents. Carbon monoxide and radon, both deadly hazards, are invisible. With knowledge, having a healthy home is within everyone’s reach. We want to encourage everyone to get educated today.”
While homes of any age and value can harbor serious environmental hazards, older, low-income properties that are in substandard condition typically present the greatest risks. The One-Touch healthy home visiting model provides an assessment of the household, education for the family, and the potential to connect them with available resources within their community to address these hazards.
To view the report and to learn more about Healthy Homes and what initiatives are happening here in New Hampshire, contact the New Hampshire Asthma Control Program at 1-800-852-3345 ext. 8128 or visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/asthma. For more information, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/clpp/index.htm or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes.
The assessments were administered by partners of the Manchester Healthy Homes System Development Committee. The report was prepared by the DHHS, Division of Public Health Services, Asthma Control Program in partnership with the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
This One-Touch Report is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in recognition of National Public Health Week; for more information go to www.nphw.org.