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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: Massachusetts (cont'd) Back to Index

Healthy Public Housing Initiative

Harvard School of Public Health

Boston, MA

John Spengler, PhD

(617) 384-8810         

spengler@hsph.harvard.edu also cc Joan Arnold: arnold@hsph.harvard.edu

www.hsph.harvard.edu/hphi

The Healthy Public Housing Initiative (HPHI) is a multi-year program to improve the health of Boston public housing residents, especially children with asthma (4-17 years old). The Healthy Public Housing Initiative operates as a collaborative organization, partnering with Boston Housing Authority, universities, and community-based organizations.

The project's primary component was as set of health and housing interventions targeting 60 children with asthma. Activities included education to children and their families about asthma management and environmental trigger control, as well as direct actions to change the home environment. These actions included the use of new dust mite-resistant mattresses, commercial cleaning, and, as part of a comprehensive Integration Pest Management (IPM) program, the use of low-toxicity pest control applications.

Evaluation results indicate that the project improved quality of life for children and caregivers and reduced asthma symptoms, as well as reducing levels of several environmental triggers, including cockroach and dust mite allergens.

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