Healthy Homes Des Moines is improving housing, health education, and indoor air quality while promoting asthma self-care and lifestyle changes to prevent pediatric asthma.

The Healthy Homes Des Moines project partners

The Healthy Homes Des Moines project partners

Key Partners

  • Polk County Housing Trust Fund​
  • Mercy Medical Center​
  • Broadlawns Medical Center​
  • UnityPoint Health—Des Moines​
  • Polk County Health Department​

In partnership with: 

  • Mid-Iowa Health Foundation​
  • Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa​
  • Des Moines Public Schools​
  • Viva East Bank ​
  • Polk County Public Works ​

Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges

  • Unsafe housing
  • Poverty and unemployment
  • Barriers to routine health care; e.g. language barriers, low rates of vehicle ownership, and health literacy
  • High rates of pediatric asthma-related emergency room visits and school absenteeism ​

Background

Healthy Homes Des Moines is working to prevent and manage pediatric asthma caused by deteriorating homes, below standard HVAC systems, and pests. In these case, the key health problem is the condition of the housing.

Healthy Homes Des Moines aims to reduce asthma-related hospital visits by improving the social, economic, and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on respiratory health. Healthy Homes Des Moines strives to take an upstream approach to asthma by improving indoor air quality and promoting preventive self-care through health education. ​

Healthy Homes Des Moines will employ implement a three-pronged strategy: ​

  1. Household identification: Determine households in need of remediation through data collection and referrals from area hospitals and schools ​
  2. Home repair: Coordinate health inspectors to identify health risk factors in the home and engage contractors to make needed repairs ​
  3. Health education: Develop asthma prevention programs to be implemented by public health professionals with subject matter expertise​
Healthy Homes Des Moines partners label bottles with healthy cleaning products. Photo: Healthy Homes Des Moines

Healthy Homes Des Moines partners label bottles with healthy cleaning products. Photo: Healthy Homes Des Moines