Share NCHH's Flood Cleanup Guide with a Friend Today

Several locations around the Baltimore, Maryland, area were affected by heavy rains on Saturday, July 30, resulting in flash flood conditions and damage. The town of Ellicott City received six inches of rain over two hours. So much rain over a short period would be a struggle for any town to manage, but Ellicott City's historic district is nestled at the base of a steep valley with the Patapsco River at the bottom and the Tiber River running adjacent to Main Street. With no place for the rainwater to go but down, the Tiber overflowed, tearing up sidewalks and washing everything toward the Patapsco, which rose 14 feet that night. Several buildings were destroyed, and many others sustained damage. Many families and business owners must now determine what within their homes and businesses can be salvaged and what must be thrown away.

That's why NCHH is sharing Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Cleanup of Flooded Homes. We created this helpful guide to assist families in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005; the guide illustrates how to restore salvageable belongings. With the recent storms in Maryland and the possibility of more extreme weather to come, we encourage people to print, share, and forward this flood guide to anyone who may benefit.

Flint and Beyond: Lead Poisoning Remains a Critical Public Health Issue

As the lead-in-water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to evolve, NCHH joins the nation in supporting the residents of Flint in their time of need. Resources must be marshaled as quickly as possible to ensure a safe water supply and provide follow-up services to address the long-term consequences of lead poisoning. We need to take the lessons from this crisis to improve our public policies so that no other communities have to experience what the residents of Flint are going through.

Due to the media attention generated by the crisis in Flint, NCHH has received many inquiries about lead poisoning and what parents can do to protect their children. Many have told us that they thought that the problem of lead was solved decades ago. The truth is that industry mined massive quantities of lead over the last century and put that lead into many products that went into our homes, including pipes and solder, paints and glazes, and other consumer products. Although lead was banned from new residential paint in 1978 and from new plumbing in 1986, residents may still be exposed to lead from products that remain in older homes. Lead was also added to gasoline for on-road use until 1996, and as vehicles burned the gas, the lead was left behind in the dust and soil in our communities.

After decades of sustained research and action, the percentage of children who have been lead-exposed is much lower than it was in the 1980s. Yet lead exposure remains a threat for far too many people.

To learn more about the issue of lead in water, the role NCHH has played in the fight against lead poisoning, and what every parent should know to protect their families from lead exposure, click here.

Webinar Features Healthy Housing for Older Adults

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition recently hosted a webinar about two successful housing-based services models (HBSMs), one in Vermont and one in Oregon, and their importance in addressing the social determinants of health, promoting population health, and advancing healthcare systems change.

According to a rigorous independent evaluation of Vermont’s SASH model by RTI and LeadingAge, the Vermont model is reducing the rate of growth in Medicare spending significantly while improving health and access to care. In Oregon, the housing-with-services model brought together a partnership of housing development organizations, the state’s largest Medicaid insurance provider, and several nonprofit social service agencies. A study completed by Enterprise Community Partners and the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) reports on Medicaid savings. View the webinar recording.

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