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Optional Extra Credit Assignment: Reflection on Environmental Health Sciences (Worth a potential to earn 10 points toward your cumulative point score for the semester) Description: Describe a topic covered in the course that shifted your perception about an environmental health issue or problem and explain why this shift was meaningful to you. Discuss how new knowledge and awareness of this issue will change the manner in which you interact with the environment or the manner in which you view and will practice in your professional role, moving forward from the semester. Requirements: Due Date: Reflections must be submitted by Friday of Module 7 at 11:59 pm via Dropbox located in module 7. Reflections will range in length from a minimum of 150 words to approximately 250 words, and be written professionally, including citations and references below the reflection, as needed. Housing and Health This week’s song… • Marty Stuart – Too Much Month at the End of the Money (2003) I paid the bank note, the car note, an’ yes, I paid the ‘phone bill too An’ then I turned around an’ I found that the house note’s due Well, I’d love to take you out like I said I would, honey But there’s too much month at the end of the money Housing background • Housing and home…differences? • • Housing is shelter Home is a place where you feel safe, secure and where families come together • Public health can only impact housing • Largest single expenditure in a person’s life • Where you live impacts your lifespan. • Impacts • 13.5 million non-fatal injuries in homes • 2900 fatalities due to fires • 2 million ER visits due to asthma • 1 million youth have blood lead levels high enough to harm their development • In 1991, 1 in 11 kids under 2 years old had an elevated blood lead level Housing • Conditions within the home • • • • • Structure and physical hazards Indoor air quality Temperature Healthy homes Number of residents • Neighborhood conditions • Housing affordability Structure and Physical Hazards • Broken windows • Lead containing paint • Water leaks • Poor ventilation • Dirty carpets • Pests • Radon • Steep staircases, balconies, no CO/Smoke detectors Lead in housing • Anything that was painted before 1978 • Windows, doors, walls, ceilings, trim…you name it • Houses built prior to 1978 probably have lead paint • Houses built before 1960 are assumed to have it • Look for peeling, chipped or alligatoring paint or friction points that create dust • Windows and doors • Based on estimates and extrapolation of data, there are about 60,000 properties in Summit County built before 1960 being used as rental properties. Lead in Children • Children put everything in their mouth • Dust from lead can be ingested easily • 0-2 year olds is the time frame where lead has the most affect • • GI tract absorbs lead quickest Brain development is rapid at this time frame • Not an acute poisoning, but occurs over time • Children in Ohio are tested every 6 months until they are 2 years old • If they have an elevated blood lead level (EBL), of 5-10 ug/m3 or 10+, the information is forwarded to the local health department Lead Investigation • Local health department will do an inspection of the child’s home and any other homes the child lives in. • Lead risk assessment • If the home is rented, the health department can start enforcement procedures that can include placing a placard on the house saying that the structure is not safe for habitation by anyone under 6 years old. • Water leaks • Mold • Radon • VOCs • • • Formaldehyde UFFI Drywall Indoor air quality • Keep it; • • • • • • • • Healthy Homes Dry – reduces likelihood of mites, mold, roaches, rodents, etc. which are associated with asthma Clean – reduces pest infestation Pest-free – reduces negative impact of pests, use of IPM Safe – trip, slip and fall preventions Contaminant free – reduce impact of radon, lead, pesticides, VOCs, CO and ETS Ventilated – increasing fresh air improves health Maintained – remove dust, lead paint, moisture, mold, temperature balances Thermally controlled – r

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