A collaboration of Community, University and City to improve the health of
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The Healthy Public Housing Initiative is a Boston-based, community-centered project designed to engage public housing residents in a collaborative process to improve the health and quality of life of residents, as well as building conditions. Earlier studies noted connections between indoor environmental conditions and resident health. The Healthy Public Housing Initiative conducted interventions designed to reduce environmental health hazards -- especially asthma triggers-- and measured the changes in health status of children with asthma after completion of the interventions. Interventions we have focused on include industrial cleaning and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). It is hoped that better understanding of the links between improvements in building and apartment conditions and resident health will lead to changes in maintenance practices and in funding for public housing that will make healthy environments for public housing residents a priority.

Project Fact Sheet (pdf format)

Executive Summary of Final Report to HUD (pdf)

Healthy Homes Integrated Pest Management

Principle Investigators:
Jack Spengler, Harvard School of Public Health
Doug Brugge, Tufts University School of Medicine
Pat Hynes, formerly at Boston University School of Public Health

Collaborative Members

Boston Housing Authority

Boston Public Health Commission

Boston University School of Public Health

Committee for Boston Public Housing, Inc.

Franklin Hill Tenant Task Force, Inc.

Harvard University, School of Public Health

Peregrine Energy Group

Tufts University School of Medicine

Urban Habitat Initiatives

West Broadway Tenant Task Force, Inc.