Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Colorado (cont'd)
NE Denver Healthy Homes Initiative
NE Denver Housing Center
Wendy Hawthorne, PE
The NE Denver Healthy Homes Initiative of the NE Denver Housing Center was implemented from 2001-2004. The Initiative aimed to identify children (0-14 years) with inadequately controlled asthma who were living in home environments provocative of airway inflammation and poor asthma control.
Environmental specialists and housing professionals (architects and engineers) worked closely with families and homeowners to improve home living conditions and asthma severity. Staff conducted several home visits over a 6-9 month period that included a thorough inspection, contracted work to improve the home's condition, and education about asthma, triggers, and maintaining a healthy home.
The Initiative brought together a working partnership of housing, weatherization, code enforcement, health, and environmental health organizations. These partnerships were a major strength of the program and contributed to its success in the NE Denver community.
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