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Gas Leaks, Mold, and Rats: Millions of Americans Live in Hazardous Homes

There are about 135 million homes in America, and a surprisingly large portion of them pose threats to their residents: 30 million homes in the U.S. have serious health and safety hazards, such as gas leaks, damaged plumbing, and poor heating. About 6 million of those have structural problems. Another 6 million have lead paint.

These statistics, released last week in a report by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think-tank, reveal the distressing state of American housing. Most of these homes are located in areas of “concentrated disadvantage,” which the report describes as neighborhoods with high rates of violence, unemployment, racial segregation, and single-parent homes.

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Healthy Homes

For children, their home is where they feel safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The home can have hidden hazards that threaten a child’s health. One of our key visions is to have every child live in a environmentally safe home. Was your home built before 1978? If yes, you need to learn about lead before you repair or renovate. Click the button below to learn more about health hazards in your home.

Healthy Schools

Children are more susceptible to environmental threats than adults. With equal exposure, children's bodies become more heavily concentrated than that of adults due to higher respiratory rates and smaller body sizes. And where do young, developing people spend a large portion of their school-age years? That's right: at childcare and school. That is why Improving Kids' Environment works to make school and childcare facilities as healthy as possible.

Healthy Communities

Our health often depends on living and working in a healthy community. A healthy community has clean air, clean water and clean soil. Children can live and play there without fear of exposure to toxic chemicals. Across the country, children are facing serious medical problems as a result of living in unhealthy built environments because poorly designed neighborhoods and buildings, roads, and sidewalks that do not foster health, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA).

The 2015 IKE Healthy Home and Childcare Conference was another great success!

The 15th annual Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference was held on October 28-29, 2015 once again at the Ivy Tech Corporate and Culinary Conference Center. The conference is organized each year by Improving Kids’ Environment and the Indiana Healthy Homes Alliance. The theme of this year’s conference was "Promoting a Healthy Environment for Our Children in an Increasingly Toxic World.
The featured keynote speakers for this year’s conference were:

  • Dr. Gabe Filippeli, Director, Center for Urban Health, IUPUI
  • Maryann Suero, EPA, Region 5 (invited)
  • Dr. Nicholas Newman, Director, Pediatric Environmental Health & Lead Clinic, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Angie & Gracie Dickerson, Boone County Tobacco Free Living

Additional sessions included such topics as Lead Poisoning and Learning, E-Cigarettes and Vaping, Toxics 101, Weatherization and Health, Asthma in Indiana and Chickens in Your Backyard.