Healthy Homes Initiative
Identification & Management: Lead & Asthma Care
SuperStorm Sandy was the largest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. In New Jersey, one of the states hardest hit by the storm, costs have topped $35 million and nearly 87,000 housing units were damaged.
Many long-term health threats exist as a result of Sandy, the most significant being lead poisoning and the growth of mold in the home, which often triggers asthma. With funding from the New Jersey Department of Health, NJAAP is conducting trainings to help providers and practices identify, treat and manage lead poisoning and asthma in children.
The program is being implemented in the nine (9) most impacted Sandy counties in the state: Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May.
The goal of the Healthy Homes Initiative is to educate primary care practices in the SuperStorm Sandy affected counties on strategies to address exposure to lead and other housing-based hazards that may impact the health of children and pregnant women. CME credits and CNE contact hours are available.
Participation in this program will enable attendees to:
- Serve as a reliable source of recovery information in order to help prevent exposure to lead and other housing-based hazards
- Understand the importance of conducting lead exposure surveillance and screening children for lead poisoning
- Promote the maintenance of a healthy home
- Identify the link between a change in housing status as a result of a natural disaster, and the health manifestations you will see in the clinical setting
- Utilize training resources so you know what to do, and who to contact, should you identify a patient with elevated lead levels or other health hazard
To schedule a training at your site, please contact:
New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Lead & Asthma Resources