Savannah Environmental Justice Conference

Savannah Regional Environmental Justice and Healthy Homes Conference

Healthy Housing Solutions was contracted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide technical and logistal support for the Savannah Regional Environmental Justice and Healthy Homes Conference to promote healthy homes initiatives, which focus on high-risk populations such as families with children ages 1-5 that have been exposed to the disproportionate disparity of lead and other home healthy hazards.

The Conference was held at the Savannah Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah Georgia on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, 2012. There were a total of 81 participants. The following tracks were offered:

  • Environmental Justice Implications for Healthy Homes
  • Healthy  Homes Training and Guidance
  • Partnerships and Funding for Healthy Homes
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Healthy Homes

The conference informational and target learning objectives included the following:

  • Discuss the rationale for CDC’s transition from a lead poisoning prevention to a more holistic healthy housing approach and strategy.
  • Describe successful healthy homes program models, including how they incorporate environmental justice, obtain funding, and engage stakeholders.
  • Discuss the evolution of the environmental justice movement and how it is focused on improving the quality of life for impacted communities and their residents.
  • Describe how to effectively recruit local partners, obtain healthy housing-related training, determine what the basic requirements are for a healthy home, secure relationships and funding from agencies, and get on CDC’s radar screen.
  • Discuss the importance of partnerships between community-based organizations and the federal government.
  • Understand healthy housing principles and strategies, and how they can work in your communities.