KDHE Launches "Safe At Home" Project

The following is from the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment held a kick off Friday in Wichita celebrating the 2011-2014 Lead Hazard Control Grant Award being used by the Kansas Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Prevention Program to remove health hazards from homes. The event was held at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

The grant is awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and allows KDHE to administer the use of over $3 million dollars to address unhealthy housing conditions affecting the residents of Kansas.

“Through the Healthy Homes project, KDHE and our partner organizations can make significant improvements in the health of Kansas families,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “This important work will enhance communities and ultimately reduce the cost of health care by reducing the negative outcomes associated with environmental exposures in homes.”

The activities of the Healthy Homes project are expected to accomplish the following objectives:

· Identify and reduce exposure of individuals to lead-based paint hazards and radon gas in homes

· Lessen household exposures to allergens and asthma triggering irritants; dust, dander, mold, smoke and pests.

· Cut contact of carbon monoxide, the “silent killer” in homes.

· Ultimately decrease the cost of health care by reducing the negative outcomes associated with environmental exposures in homes.

The event included a tour of homes that were recently completed or are in the process of being improved by the local partners/contractors. While the majority of the grant is being used to improve homes in Sedgwick and Wyandotte counties, any home or rental complex can submit an application for funding at www.kshealthyhomes.org/wichita_hud_grant.htm. Work is expected to continue for the next two to three years.


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