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Grants and Projects: Asthma

2007

Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (Newport)
"Healthy Residents, Healthy Homes"
$35,000

The Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center (SRI/AHEC) will serve as the fiscal agency for the project which will be managed by the East Bay Community Action Program. The "Healthy Residents, Healthy Homes" project will continue activities to assess, understand, and reduce asthma and environmental health issues facing residents in public housing. The project will convene and support an active workgroup on resident health and environmental quality in Newport public housing, develop and expand a tool to assess current environmental conditions and asthma burden in public housing units, establish Healthy Homes Response Teams to connect families to appropriate resources and promote better environmental practices in Newport public housing units, and promote the "Healthy Residents, Healthy Homes" model for use in other Rhode Island cities. The project ultimately aims to fully incorporate these tools and practices into the regular procedures and operations of the Newport Housing Authority to service public housing residents.

Measurable Results: Expected results for the project include: 65% resident response rate to Park Holm residential units; enroll and serve 40 new families at Park Holm and 25 residents from Donavan Manor, Pone Avenue and Earl units; Response Teams meet twice a month to establish case management system; conduct six-month follow-up and referral to all 65 participants; recruit and develop four Resident Champions to build capacity of residents to improve health and environmental conditions.

Project Partners: East Bay Community Action Program, Asthma Regional Council of New England, Rhode Island Department of Health, Newport Housing Authority, and Community Asthma Programs of Hasbro Children's Hospital

2006

East Bay Community Action Program (Newport, RI)
Newport Healthy Residents, Healthy Homes
$30,000

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) provides health, social, and community services to the residents of Rhode Island’s East Bay. EBCAP focuses on environmental health and asthma as two key areas for improvement in resident health in public housing. The “Newport Healthy Residents, Healthy Homes” project will develop and provide a model to the Newport Housing Authority (NHA) for use in assessing and reducing asthma and environmental health issues facing residents in public housing. The project will convene and support an active workgroup on resident health and environmental quality in NHA housing, develop a tool to assess current environmental conditions and asthma burden in public housing units, establish Healthy Homes Response Teams to connect families to appropriate resources and promote better environmental practices in NHA, and promote the “Healthy Homes, Healthy Residents” model for use in other Rhode Island cities. The project ultimately aims to fully incorporate these tools and practices into the regular procedures and operations of the Newport Housing Authority to service public housing residents.

Measurable Results: Workgroup convenes 8 times; 100% of residential units (696) surveyed at Chapel Terrace housing; Response Teams meet 10 times to establish case management system; Response Teams contact 20% of families for follow-up and referral to appropriate resources; NHA adopts 5 policy changes to promote asthma-friendly environments; Healthy Homes Healthy Residents model is presented at Housing Authority Directors Association meeting to reach 8 Housing Authority Directors.

Partners: Newport Housing Authority, Newport County Healthy Communities Initiative, Asthma Regional Council of New England, Rhode Island Department of Health

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