Healthy Homes East Bank (HHEB) focused on the East Bank of Des Moines, an area composed of three inner city neighborhoods: Capitol Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and Capitol East. Poor indoor air quality was caused by deteriorating homes, below standard HVAC systems, and pests. HHEB worked to reduce asthma related hospital visits by improving the social, economic, and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on pulmonary health. HHEB used a three pronged strategy. First, they determined households in need of remediation through data collection and referrals from area hospitals and schools. Second, health inspectors identified health risk factors in the home and engaged contractors to make needed repairs. Third, they conducted asthma education programs, implemented by public health professionals with subject matter expertise.
Because of BUILD we…
“Created a cross-sector, collaborative process to address pediatric asthma in our community that we can replicate and expand to provide services to an increasing number of children.”
During Healthy Homes implementation: 62 families received asthma education and home assessment; 42 homes were repaired; 33 families completed all intervention steps; $150,000 worth of repairs were completed; $17,000 total in supplies were given to families; and children had 5 more asthma-free days per month.