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Thurston County Connection
September, 2014
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Back-to-School Safety 101:

Hope for the Best…..Prepare for the Worst!

Telephone Alerts Available for Flooding Hazards

The War on Food Waste

Little Red School House Drive a Big Success!

A Herd of Folks at the Thurston County Fair

Making it in the Dry Years

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 Help with Healthy Homes!

New Program Starting in January.

Do you care about your health, your family's health, and other peoples' health? Are you concerned about environmental health issues such as exposure to mold, dust, hazardous household chemicals, and other pollutants? Do you talk with friends, relatives, neighbors, and community members about health problems and solutions? Would you like to increase your knowledge about indoor air quality and improve your ability to communicate? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you'd probably be a great Healthy Homes volunteer!

Healthy Homes volunteers teach others about health hazards in homes and how poor air quality can affect health. They conduct free in-home environmental assessments called a Healthy Home visit. Our volunteers learn ways to reduce triggers to health conditions such as asthma, allergies, or chemical sensitivities. Topics covered in the 40-hour Healthy Homes training include mold and moisture, dust, lead, toxicology, cultural diversity, secondhand smoke, asthma, household chemicals, ventilation, landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities, and communication and behavior change strategies. Our goal is to give you a basic understanding of healthy home topics and to help you find low cost or no cost solutions to problems.

The training is provided at no charge, participants are expected to “pay-back” through 40 hours of Healthy Homes volunteer service to the community. All volunteers perform Healthy Home visits. Volunteers also can help at booths for fairs and other community events, do slide show presentations, co-lead workshops, work on special projects, or write articles for our newsletter. We encourage our volunteers to be creative with their outreach ideas and we do what we can to support you to be a successful volunteer. Each of our volunteers comes up with an individual outreach plan with our program staff that takes into account groups they want to reach and how they prefer to work.

A training class is starting in early January. If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer training program or in having a Healthy Homes assessment visit in your home or childcare give Thurston County Public Health and Social Services a call: 360-867-2674 (TDD 360-867-2603).

By Jane Mount-Joy Venning

Every family deserves a healthy home. Every family deserves a healthy home.