Environmental Health
Healthy Home Environment
  Healthy Homes Program  

The Healthy Homes Program offers free, voluntary, confidential visits to residents and child care centers in Thurston County. Trained volunteers work with you to identify areas of concern and share ways to reduce exposure to toxins, asthma triggers, mold, lead, and other housing-related health risks. At the end of the visit, the volunteers will help you determine what your highest priorities are for taking actions to create a healthier space. Many of the suggested actions are low or no cost. The goal of the program is to help people maintain healthier homes.

To request a Healthy Homes Visit call 360-867-2674; (TTY/TDD 711 OR 1-800-833-6388).

Healthy Homes Workshops

The Healthy Homes Program provides free 1-2 hours workshops for groups of 10 or more people upon request. Participants learn how to identify, address and prevent housing-related health risks like mold, indoor air pollution, rodents and more. They learn how to apply basic healthy homes principles to daily life and why these principles can improve health and the physical condition of the home.

Healthy Homes Class

The eight-hour Healthy Homes Class dives deeper into the healthy homes principles.

2018 Class Schedule: Thursdays in February from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This class is broken up into four weekly sessions for a total of eight hours. Light snacks will be served.

Class Location: Thurston County Public Health and Social Services 412 Lilly Road NE Olympia (across from Providence St. Peter Hospital and served by bus routed 60).

In this class participants will:

  • Learn how to identify, address and prevent housing-related health risks like mold, indoor air pollution, toxic exposures, safety hazards, pests, and more.
  • Learn how healthy homes principles help keep the structure of a home in good condition.
  • Learn how housing impacts health.
  • Gain useful knowledge they can apply to daily life.
  • Earn a certificate of completion.

Who should take this class?

  • Renters, homeowners, landlords, parents, college students-anyone who's interested!
  • Licensed contractors & home improvement service professionals. This class is required to qualify for the Healthy Homes Program vendor list.
  • Social workers, home caregivers, medical & public health professionals. This class is great for professional development!

To register or for more information contact: HealthyHomes@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2674 TDD 711 or 1-800-833-6388

Healthy Homes Class Flyer [PDF]

Healthy Homes Vendor List

The Healthy Homes Program vendor list is a new list that Thurston County Public Health & Social Services will distribute to residents looking for contractors and home improvement services.

To qualify for the vendor list:

  • The company's staff member in charge of training must take the free eight-hour Healthy Homes Class (see above section).
  • Professionals must be licensed/registered, bonded and insured.

What services will the list include?

  • General contractors
  • Pest control
  • Mold remediation
  • Weatherization
  • Home inspectors
  • Roofers
  • HVAC
  • Home renovation

Healthy Class for Vendor Flyer [PDF]

Become a Healthy Homes Volunteer

To become a volunteer, there are 16 hours of hands-on training offered each year. We look for diverse individuals who are committed to actively participating in the training session and who will volunteer in their communities. We want people who will enjoy working together to improve their own and others’ health.

You do not need to have any expertise in environmental health or prior experience to become a volunteer. You will learn essentials of a healthy living space such as moisture control, indoor air quality, ventilation, and more.

In the training you will:

  • Learn important information about environments and health.
  • Gain skills in recognizing key parts of the home that affect health.
  • Improve communication abilities to help others.
  • Participate in engaging field trips.
  • Practice what you learn at home and with others.

What volunteers do:

  • Complete 16-hour Volunteer Training
  • Conduct Healthy Homes Visits in pairs with other volunteers.
  • Staff booths at community events.
  • Assist with community outreach.

Healthy Homes Volunteer Job Description

Volunteer Application

For more information contact: 360-867-2674; (TDD/TTY 711 OR 1-800-833-6388); HealthyHomes@co.thurston.wa.us

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This page last updated: 12/12/17