New APHA Book Serves as a Resource for Creating Healthy Safe Homes

Date: Dec 20 2010

Editors: Rebecca L. Morley, MSPP;

Angela D. Mickalide, PhD, CHES; Karin A. Mack, PhD

Contact: Media Relations, (202) 777-2509

Washington , D.C. – Healthy & Safe Homes: Research, Practice & Policy, a first-of-its-kind book published by the American Public Health Association , explores the health challenges presented by substandard housing, and proposes holistic, strategic and long-term solutions for creating healthier housing.

According to the book, the places where we live are strong determinants of our health. From radon to mold to lead-based paint, unhealthy housing conditions can take a significant and sometimes irreversible toll on health, and safety hazards associated with unhealthy housing leave few Americans risk-free.

Incorporating the expertise of a diverse field of public health professionals, scientists and housing advocates, Healthy & Safe Homes fully explains the substandard housing problems that undermine Americans’ health and safety. The book explores how to make healthy housing accessible to all.

“Far too many children begin life disadvantaged because of the homes and neighborhoods in which they live,” writes Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association, in the book’s foreword. “If we hope to improve the health of our communities and families, we must give people living in poverty the opportunity to move up and out through a mix of affordable housing options, access to jobs and social support.”

The book is edited by Rebecca Morley, MSPP, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing; Angela Mickalide, PhD, CHES, of the Home Safety Council; and Karin Mack, PhD, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

Ordering Information: Published by APHA Press, Healthy & Safe Homes: Research, Practice & Policy, 978-0-87553-197-7, 225 pages, soft cover $55.00 ($38.50 member) plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail APHA press or visit the APHA Bookstore.

Requests for a review copy should be sent by email to David Hartogs.

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