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New Study Shows Which Housing Improvements Benefit Health

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently completed the first U.S. scientific review of healthy homes interventions. The results are available in a new report titled Housing Interventions and Health: A Review of the Evidence.


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NCHH and CDC convened more than 30 of the nation’s leading housing and health experts to document the housing and neighborhood improvements (interventions) that are scientifically proven to improve health and safety. The resulting report also identifies the housing interventions that require additional research.


“The places people live have a profound impact on health and well-being. To protect families, we need to know what changes we can make to homes and neighborhoods that will demonstrably improve health. This report helps close that gap,” said Rebecca Morley, NCHH executive director.


Mary Jean Brown, Chief of the CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Housing Branch adds "This report is a key element in our efforts to promote scientifically sound housing interventions that improve health.”


The experts reviewed more than 170 scientific studies of housing interventions that improve asthma and respiratory problems, cancer, injuries, and other health concerns. A few of the interventions determined ready for broad-scale implementation include:

  • Lead hazard control to prevent lead poisoning
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) to reduce asthma and pesticide exposure
  • Comprehensive and tailored home-based asthma interventions
  • Active sub-slab depressurization to reduce lung-cancer from radon gas
  • Smoke alarm installations to prevent injuries and death from residential fires

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New Study Shows Which Housing Improvements Benefit Health :  Created on January 14th, 2009.  Last Modified on January 17th, 2010


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About National Center for Healthy Housing

The National Center for Healthy Housing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation based in Columbia, Maryland, dedicated to developing and promoting practical methods to protect children from residential environmental hazards while preserving the supply of affordable housing. NCHH has over a decade of experience conducting applied research, program evaluation, technical assistance, training, outreach, and case management focused on reducing the health consequences of indoor exposures. NCHH staff includes housing, health, and environmental professionals with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health, housing policy, and industrial hygiene.



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