Healthy Homes Demonstration Program

The City of Long Beach Healthy Homes Demonstration (LBHHD)Program offers a unique and comprehensive delivery of cost-effective, replicable interventions that will achieve the following goals: improve the health of children with asthma, reduce housing-related environmental health and safety hazards contributing to asthma, allergies, and unintentional injuries, and provide an outreach and education component that will equip and empower residents to maintain healthier home environments and realize long-term health and quality of life. The Healthy Homes Demonstration Program (HHD) is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control. Healthy Homes is designed to control or eliminate household hazards leading to asthma, lead poisoning and unintentional injuries.


Junior Health Inspector Program

The Long Beach Health Department has developed the curriculum "Take a closer look: Be a Junior Health Inspector", which targets 4th grade students in high-risk areas to enhance their understanding of a healthy and safe home and community environment.


Tenant Education Program

The program identifies the homes with children that have asthma and provides education on the prevention and/or reduction of household hazards. The program teaches "The 7 Principles of a Healthy Home".

Community Workshops

Community Workshops invite the community to learn helpful information on how to keep your home environment healthier, cleaner and safer. The purpose of the workshop is to increase resident's awareness and understanding of a healthy and safe home and community environment using practical, hands-on exercises and interactive dialogues.


Community Asthma Resource Fair  -  August 20, 2011

The Department of Health & Human Services CAARE Project, in partnership with the Long Beach Alloiance for Children with Asthma and the American Lung Association will be holding a Community Asthma Resource Fair on Saturday, August 20th, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Silverado Park.  Please see the attached flyers for details!

CAARE PROJECT

The Community Asthma and Air Quality Resource Education (CAARE) Project is funded by British Petroleum Settlement Funds and the Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The goals of the CAARE Project are to improve the health and well-being of adults with asthma, and to assist communities in West Long Beach to reduce and/or eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollutants that may contribute to asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses.


In-Home Asthma Case Management Program

An adult asthma education and outreach program for tenants to participate in a one-on-one, in-home asthma care program. The CAARE Program has adapted the American Lung Association's "Breathe Well, Live Well" curriculum, where adults with asthma learn real hands-on skills to effectively manage their asthma.

Community Workshops

As part of our community education and outreach initiatives, CAARE facilitates a series of workshops to engage and connect with the community. These free one-hour workshops focus on how to create better indoor and outdoor air quality, provide information about asthma, and how to clean using non-toxic cleaning supplies.


Bus Pass/Air Pollution Education Exchange Training Program

The Bus Pass/Air Pollution Education Exchange Training Program aims to educate you about the health impacts of air pollution, to learn about asthma and its triggers, and learn ways you can reduce indoor/outdoor air pollution.  Take the training and win a Long Beach Transit Bus Pass for a month of your choice!

Asthma Information Hotline

Provides helpful information on asthma and its triggers
(562) 570-4356


Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services
Environmental Health Bureau, Room 220
Healthy Homes Demonstration Program
2525 Grand Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815
Phone: (562) 570-4132



Jr. Health Inspector Program

The Long Beach Health Department has developed the curriculum "Take a Closer Look: Be a Junior Health Inspector", which targets 4th grade students in high-risk areas to enhance their understanding of a healthy and safe home, and community environment.  This is a collaborative effort between the Health Department, Public Works Department and the Long Beach Unified School District.

 

 

 Curriculum developed and approved in accordance with LBUSD Health Education Content Standards and Benchmarks.

  1. Students specifically learn to name techniques to reduce and/or eliminate health hazards in the home, specifically asthma triggers, lead, unintentional injuries, and storm water pollution.
  2. A Health Educator from the Health Department delivers a 1-hour interactive educational presentation that highlights housing conditions that may impact health.  Students learn the importance of a healthy and safe indoor home environment.
  3. At the end of the presentation, all students take an oath and are deputized as Junior Health Inspectors and are charged with helping the City protect their home and community environment.  We provide students with an ID card, copy of the oath, follow-up assignment to inspect their homes and an informational guide for parents in three languages.

Junior Inspector Promise: 
"I promise to do my best to keep my home and surrounding environment safe and healthy."


Classes are available NOW.   Offered at no cost to the School!
To schedule a presentation, please contact Kathy Estrada at (562) 570-4008.


"Take a Closer Look: Be a Junior Health Inspector" - Parent's Guide

Junior Health Inspector Word Search


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Healthy Homes Demonstration Tenant Education Program

The program receives referrals from the Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma (LBACA) and The Children's Clinic (TCC) of homes with children that have asthma, and provides education on the prevention and/or reduction of household hazards.


7 Principles of a Healthy Home

1.  Keep it Dry

Excess moisture creates conditions that can affect health.  Look for leaky pipes or faucets.

2.  Keep it Clean

Keeping a home clean includes controlling the source, reducing clutter, and using effective cleaning methods.

 
3.  Keep it Pest Free

Keep them out and give them no place to hide.  Fill and seal holes, cracks and gaps to keep pests out.


4.  Keep it Ventilated

Proper ventilation can reduce the hazards of allergens, mold and carbon monoxide.


5.  Keep it Safe

Unintentional injuries are accidents that can be prevented by correcting the conditions that may cause illness or injury.


6.  Keep it Contaminant Free

There are biological contaminants such as mold, and household cleaning products that can trigger asthma.


7.  Keep it Maintained

Things to check: leaky plumbing, peeling and chipping paint, sewer system, heating and cooling systems, ventilation, rainwater control/drainage, structural integrity, stoarage and organization.


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Healthy Homes Demonstration Community Workshops
The "Unlock Your Door to a Healthier Home Environment" workshop is a two-hour presentation that helps you to:


Learn How To...

        • Reduce asthma triggers, allergies and other respiratory illnesses,
        • Safely prevent mold, cockroaches, rats and other household hazards,
        • Use asthma resources in your community.


You Can Win:

A Vacuum Cleaner, Non-toxic Cleaning Supplies or Home Safety Devices!!
Enjoy: Refreshments, Childcare and Translations!!


Click HERE for upcoming presentations around the Long Beach Area.

Click HERE for a guide, in English, to using Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies.
Click HERE for a guide, in Spanish, to using Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies.

If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group of fifteen or more participants, please call (562) 570-4008.



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CAARE In-Home Asthma Case Management Program

An adult asthma education and outreach program for tenants to participate in a one-on-one in-home asthma care program.  A community health worker will come to your home and educate you on asthma, its triggers, and on how to make your home a healthier place to live by using non-toxic cleaning supplies.

 

 


Are you or do you know and adult with asthma that would like to participate in the CAARE tenant outreach education program?  If so, please call (562) 570-4008 to speak to a public health specialist to schedule and appointment with one of our community health workers.


Home Visit One - Recruitment and Enrollment

The Community Health Worker (CHW) either recruits participants by door to door visits in local neighborhoods, or contacts people that have been referred to us.  If it is a referral, an appointment will be made by phone.  At the initial visit, the CHW begins to fill out the Client Assessment Survey to gather pertinent information on the participant.  The CHW asks permission to do the Asthma Home Environment Checklist, which assesses certain asthma triggers that may exist in the home.  The participant is then asked to complete the American Lung Association's Breathe Well, Live Well (BWLW) Asthma Questionnaire and the Mini Asthma Quality of Life Survey.  As incentive for participating, the client may be given a bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap, Boric Acid or Baking Soda.  At the end of the first visit, the CHW schedules the next visit with the participant.


Home Visit Two - Introduction to BWLW and Health Education I

During the second visit, the participant receives their copy of the BWLW an Asthma Management Program for Adults Participant Workbook, which will be used during the second and third visits.  It is the primary health education tool that the participant will receive.  At this visit, the CHW goes over Lessons 1-3.  The CHW also reviews the Asthma Medicines Chart and gives instruction on using peak flow meters and spacers.  As an additional incentive, the participant may receive their choice of a peak flow meter or spacer.


Home Visit Three - Health Education II

At this visit, the CHW completes the lessons in the BWLW An Asthma Management Program for Adults workbook.  The participant also completes the second BWLW Asthma Questionnaire, along with the BWLW Participant Evaluation Form.  Additionally, the participant may receive information on cleaning witn non-toxic cleaning supplies to reduce the allergen triggers in their home, along with information on smoking, smoking cessation, and possible referrals to other City departments as appropriate.


Follow-up Visit - Three months post-enrollment

The follow-up visit consists of data gathering three months post enrollment.  At this time, the Client Assessment Survey Sections D,E and F are completed.  The CHW asks permission to do the Asthma Home Environment Checklist to determine any changes that may have been made.  The participant is asked to complete the BWLW Asthma Questionaire and the Mini Asthma Quality of Life Survey.  If the participant expresses an interest in reviewing any of the BWLW lessons, the CHW provides a review and answers any questions.  As a thank you for their participation, clients are given a gift card to a local supermarket or discount store.


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CAARE Community Workshops

As part of our community education and outreach initiative, CAARE has facilitated a series of workshops to engage and connect the community to available asthma care and air pollution resources.  The "Care for Your Air Outside and at Home" is a free two-hour workshop on how to create better indoor and outdoor air quality.  These workshops provide an opportunity for those who are not enrolled in the in-home case management program to learn more about asthma, air pollution, and it's health effects.

You Will Learn:

      • How to better manage your asthma
      • To identify and avoid asthma triggers
      • To recognize warning signs of an asthma attack
      • To create an action plan to control your asthma
      • to eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollutants that may contribute to asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses, and much more!

Click HERE for upcoming presentations around the Long Beach Area.


You Can Win!
A Vacuum or Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies!

Click HERE for a guide, in English, to using Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies.
Click HERE for a guide, in Spanish, to using Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies.


If you would like to schedule a presenation for your group of fifteen or more participants, please call (562) 570-4008.


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CAARE Program Bus Pass/Air Pollution Education Exchange Training Program


The CAARE Program:

  • The Community Asthma and Air Quality Resource Education (CAARE) Program provides asthma and air quality education, case management services and resources for adults and seniors in Long Beach.
  • Funded by British Petroleum / Air Quality Management District (AQMD) settlement funds.
  • The goals of the CAARE Program are to improve the health and well-being of adults with asthma and to assist communities in Long Beach to reduce and/or eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollutants that may contribute to asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses.
  • This Bus Pass/Air Pollution Education Exchange Training Program aims to educate you about the health impacts of air pollution, to help you learn about asthma and its triggers, and ways to reduce indoor/outdoor air pollution
  • For more information please visit:  www.longbeach.gov/health/eh/hhd.asp

Learning Objectives:

In this training, participants will:

  • Learn to define air pollution, its sources and its health impacts
  • Know and u nderstand the Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • Identify air pollutants regulated by government agencies
  • Define asthma and identify its triggers and ways to reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution
  • Identify online resources on asthma and air pollution

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long is this course?
    • The reading material and the questionnaire could take you 30 - 60 minutes to complete.
  • How do I get through this course?
    • This course is broken up into three (3) sections.  At the end of each section you will be asked to answer questions that are formatted as multiple choice and true or false.
  • How many questions does the questionnaire have?
    • There are 15 questions related to this presentation
  • Can I retake the training?
    • Yes
  • How do I receive my bus pass?
    • In person, you may bring your certificate of completion and identification to:

City of Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services
2525 Grand Avenue, Room 220
Long Beach, CA  90815
Monday - Friday  8:00 a.m.  to  5:00 p.m.

By Mail,  you will need to fill out your name, address, etc. at the end of this training.

  • What month is my bus pass good for?
    • Your Long Beach Transit bus pass is good for one full month of your choice until September 30, 2011.

Eligibility and Other Information:

  • This program is only for adults and seniors (ages 18 and over) who live in the City of Long Beach.
  • In order to receive your bus pass you must answer at least 70% of the questions correct.
  • The Long Beach Transit bus passes are limited in quantity.  Only 100 bus passes will be awarded to the first 100 individuals that have passed the training.

How long is the bus pass good for?

  • The Long Beach Transit bus pass is only good for one (1) full month of your choice, until September 30, 2011.
  • The bus pass exchange program will end on September 30, 2011.

Good Luck!

Bus Pass Training Sessions:

Part 1 - Air Pollution & Quality Control

Part 2 - Particulate Matter and Health Effects

Part 3 - Ways to Reduce Air Pollution

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CAARE Asthma Information Hotline

The CAARE program is pleased to offer the Information Hotline, which provides information on asthma and its triggers.


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