National Tribal Healthy Homes
Assessment, Training & Technical Assistance Support Center
In an effort to increase family and community wellness among our nation's tribes, MSU Extension Housing & Environmental Health Program and the Native American Housing Technical Assistance Institute proposed the creation of a National Tribal Healthy Homes Training & Technical Assistance Support Center which will integrate all elements of the existing National Center for Healthy Housing and the USDA/HUD Healthy Homes Partnership program.
Coordination with tribal housing and health professionals will enable the program to help community members and home occupants understand, measure, and control healthy home influences.
This Center will enable tribal communities to assess homes for common indoor health hazards such as mold and moisture, carbon monoxide, household chemicals, unsafe drinking water, lead, asbestos, pesticides, radon, dust and dust mites, common allergens, asthma triggers, and fire and safety hazards and septic systems. Training and technical assistance will be offered to all 562 federally-recognized tribes via national, state and local tribal partners (i.e., The National American Indian Housing Council, the National Congress of American Indians, the National Center for Healthy Housing, the national Healthy Homes Partnership program, etc.).
Training opportunities will be promoted to Indian Housing Authorities (or other Tribally Designated Housing Entities), Sanitarians, IHS Health Educators and IHS Community Health Representatives, USDA Tribal Colleges, other health professionals, as well as homeowners, and other interested community members. Program information and resources will be transferrable to other regularly-occupied buildings, especially those of children (i.e., schools, daycare centers, etc.).
Training and technical assistance will consist of regional, multi-day Healthy Homes trainings with significant time spent conducting hands-on home assessments in the field. The individuals receiving the training will be able to take the information and knowledge back to their communities and continue to build the capacity among their community members. Working closely with tribal partners, a tribal-specific/culturally appropriate curriculum will be developed. Other program materials and resources will be developed, such as pre- and post-occupancy Healthy Homes Assessment Guides; occupant and youth targeted educational material; and, Native American media campaign to raise awareness on a community level