In the current issue (Spring 2019), of Healthy Indoors Magazine, there is a great article by Judy Olsen of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Building Performance Institute (BPI ) CEO, Larry Zarker. The article highlights a collaborative healthy homes pilot program in Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington that has offered some promising health and quality of life outcomes for asthma and COPD patients.
The Pierce County Healthy Homes Weatherization Plus Health partnership (PCHH Wx+H partnership) combines the expertise of both Weatherization professionals and Community Health Workers (CHWs.)
The Healthy Home Evaluators (HHEs) and contractors make weatherization and health improvements to the systems and structure of the home. The County's Community Healthcare Workers (CHWs) work with the family to help manage any medications and other aspects of their asthma or COPD action plan.
The program serves as a national model for coupling health improvement action plans with environmental action plans to produce positive health and quality of life outcomes. This is very exciting!
You can read the entire article here.