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When: Friday, March 23, 2018
12:00 PM

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The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative: Successful Cross-Sector Collaboration

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018 from 12 – 1:30 PM

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children. It replaces stand-alone housing intervention programs with an integrated, whole-house approach. Learn about this successful model of cross-sector collaboration that has improved health, economic and social outcomes for families and communities across the country, including right here in Connecticut.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the mission and goals of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI)
  2. Explain how the GHHI “no wrong door” model can remove bureaucratic boundaries and provide benefits on the systems and family levels
  3. funding to bring measurable improvements to health and housing
  4. Recall where you can go to learn more about GHHI and CT’s GHHI project

Ruth Ann Norton serves as President & CEO of the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national nonprofit founded in 1986 dedicated to the elimination of childhood lead poisoning and the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient housing for America’s children. One of the nation’s leading experts on healthy housing, Ms. Norton led efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning by 98% in the state of Maryland. She also developed and implemented one of the nation’s first healthy homes programs to address the multiple environmental health and safety hazards in low and very low-income housing for pregnant women. Shae has authored over 30 pieces of healthy housing legislation and has served as manager, senior advisor or as the principal or co-principal for numerous federally funded grant programs to combat unhealthy housing. 

Ms. Norton served as a federally appointed liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and served as an expert panel member for HUD’s Healthy Homes Guidance Manual. She serves as a director of Groundswell and is on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Asthma Control Council. Formerly she served on the Maryland Medicaid Advisory Committee, the Sustainability Commission of Baltimore as well as the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission. She serves on the steering committee for Network Energy Water and Health in Affordable Housing and is a Healthy Homes Technical Advisor for the National Environmental Health Association. Ms. Norton was awarded the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2005) and a Weinberg Foundation Fellow (2003) and was named as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. In 2016, she received the Tony Woods Award from the Building Performance Industry.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under UB6HP27877 “Regional Public Health Training Center Program” for $825,634.00 with 0% financed with nongovernmental source. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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