We all deserve to live in a safe and healthy home.
Yet some children are still exposed to high levels of lead and asthma triggers such as mold and secondhand smoke. That can lead to lifelong health problems.
APHA supports innovative approaches to ensuring everyone has a healthy home. We believe in working with the housing sector to create equitable and healthy households for future generations. The resources on this page give additional information on the links between public health, housing and health care financing for healthy homes.
Healthy Housing Standard
The National Center for Healthy Housing and APHA created the National Healthy Housing Standard, a health-focused property maintenance policy, for property owners, advocates, elected officials, public health leaders and others who recognize the impact housing has on community health. APHA recently released two case studies featuring two cities who have integrated healthy home provisions into their city code — Tukwila, Washington, (PDF) and Dallas (PDF).
Health Care Financing for Healthy Homes
The NCHH, with support from APHA, recently published "Findings from Case Studies in Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes Services". This white paper is part of a multiyear project to document and demystify the landscape and opportunities surrounding health care financing for healthy homes services. In 2014, the NCHH, with support from APHA, conducted a nationwide survey to find where health care financing for lead poisoning follow-up or home-based asthma services is already in place. The result: "Healthcare Financing of Healthy Home: Findings from a Nationwide Survey of State Reimbursement Policies" (PDF) and "Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes: Recommendations for Increasing the Number of States with Medicaid Coverage of Lead Follow-Up and Home-Based Asthma Services" (PDF).
Building on this work, the NCHH published case studies to increase understanding of opportunities for health care financing of healthy homes services: