Professional Workforce and Training

Healthy Housing Training Center
Their trainings target audiences such as environmental health practitioners, public health and housing professionals, and community health workers (CHWs). The HHTC provides courses on the basics of healthy homes and specialized topics, including integrated pest management. Trainings are designed to promote cross-training of public health and housing practitioners to assess and treat housing-related health hazards. A Healthy Homes Specialist Credential is offered through a partnership with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Operated through a HUD contract. [url; Healthy Housing Solutions]

NCHH Workforce Development Resources
Provides access to key information on community health worker (CHW) laws, certification standards and the value of CHW services. Also features links to training specifically focused on supporting healthier home practices such as reducing environmental triggers in the home, lead-safe renovation, repair and painting, and healthy home credentials. [url; NCHH]

Community Health Workers (CHW) Toolkit
Comprehensively addresses numerous aspects of CHW programs, including descriptions of various CHW models, training approaches, implementation strategies, impact measurements, and best practices. Also offers links to state certification programs, status of state training/certification standards compiled by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and numerous state programs.
Healthy Housing Challenge
This partnership between NCHH and Rebuilding Together was forged to provide training, funding, and technical support to help local Rebuilding Together affiliates make healthy home repairs. The program helps affiliates to identify major home hazards, improve the quality of repair work, and increase the average investment per home. [url; NCHH]

American Lung Association (ALA) Education and Training Courses
Provides access to training and education programs offered through the ALA, including asthma basics, asthma management, and other respiratory issues; becoming an ALA facilitator for smoking cessation seminars, and employer trainings. [url; ALA]

Green, Healthy Homes and Communities
Subset of training courses offered by NeighborWorks America via their quarterly Training Institutes and at place-based trainings upon request from partner organizations. Trainings are generally targeted to affordable housing and nonprofit community development organizations. Topics addressed include Intro to Healthy Homes, Healthy Homes in Construction and Rehab, Green and Healthy Strategies for Multifamily Properties, and many others. [url; NeighborWorks America]

Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) Training
Lists GHHI presentations and technical trainings available for cities, counties, and states across the country. GHHI will adapt sessions to meet an organization’s goals, needs, and level of expertise. [url; GHHI]

National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
Offers a broad range of trainings for housing and development officials, including several to meet HUD certifications such as Uniform Physical Conditions Standards (UPCS) and Housing Quality Standards. [url; NAHRO]

Master That™ Interactive Training for Weatherization
Offers Weatherization Plus Health practitioners best practices to address home repair and upgrade situations with potential health-related issues. Training modules are designed as “how-to” models for field workers and, while not intended to define DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) policy, content is considered consistent with WPN 11-6 and current WAP best practices. [url; Weatherization Plus Health, National Association for State Community Service Programs (NASCSP)]

Public Health Student Projects

Healthy Housing Hub (HHH) at Brown University
Collaborative effort between public health students, local nonprofits, and community residents to address energy efficiency, sustainable living, and primary environmental health concerns to improve healthy housing in Rhode Island. Coordinates undergraduate students from across the country to research environmental health issues and created a publicly accessible healthy housing compendium for homeowners, contractors and government officials. [url; Brown University]

Healthy Public Housing Initiative
Boston-based collaboration of several public health schools, the City, the community, and public housing residents to improve housing conditions and health of residents. Conducts interventions designed to reduce environmental health hazards and measures the effectiveness of the intervention.  [url; Harvard University]

Professional Development Opportunities in Healthcare

CDC Learning Connection (CDC LC)
Offers connections to public health and healthcare training opportunities and educational programs developed by the CDC, CDC Partners and other federal agencies. [url; CDC]

Provides access to over 1300 courses developed by CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners. Courses have been approved and verified by CDC. [url; CDC]

Related Materials

Developing a National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network
Outlines the challenges and opportunities encountered in developing a multidisciplined approach to training intended to cross-train environmental, public and housing practitioners. [url, pdf; NCHH]

ReFrame Association
A national network of nonprofit home repair organizations working to provide safe, livable homes to low-income households currently living in substandard housing. Originally formed in 2011 for organizations working in central Appalachia, ReFrame expanded its focus nationally in 2014.

Linking Housing and Health Care Work for the Chronically Homeless
HUD article highlighting innovative approaches to collaborations between healthcare and supportive housing providers. [url; HUD, 2012]

Addressing Housing as a Healthcare Treatment
This article examines how accountable care organizations (ACOs, a Medicare delivery system) cover the costs of medical care and coordinate health and social services. ACOs focus on preventive care and healthcare coordination to reduce costs related to expensive acute care. [pdf; National Housing Conference, 2015]

Energy Efficiency and Green Building Trainings

Master That™ Interactive Training for Weatherization 
Offers Weatherization Plus Health practitioners best practices to address home repair and upgrade situations with potential health-related issues. Training modules are designed as “how-to” models for field workers and, while not intended to define DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) policy, content is considered consistent with WPN 11-6 and current WAP best practices. [url; Weatherization Plus Health]

Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals 
Provides access to work specifications for weatherization and home energy upgrades; listing of home energy professional certifications for workers, and accredited training programs. Collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the home energy performance industry. The Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals Project fact sheet provides information about the components of the program. [url, pdf; DOE]

Building Performance Institute (BPI) Home Performance Training and Certifications 
Provides training for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work. Offers a full range of practitioner and professional trainings which meet DOE and EPA energy program standards. Links to trainings and schedules of locally accredited BPI training centers across the country. [url; BPI)

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) 
Offers a series of building certification training and credentials for home auditing professionals including home energy raters (HERS) and green raters. Also features EnergySmart trainings for contractors and builders to improve energy efficient practices. RESNET-accredited training centers are available across the country. [url; RESNET]

Success with Energy Codes 
Series of guides targeted to builders, tradespeople, and homeowners to promote better building practices. Features checklists and instructions (with visuals) on how to conduct broad range of construction practices for to improve energy efficiency and health of homes. Provides recommended practices to optimize energy savings based on specific regions of the country. A Work in progress – not all states/regional information has been completed as of first quarter 2016.

Examples of Local Training Centers Focused on Green or Healthy Homes

Center for Energy and Environmental Training (CEET)
Offers a number of training and testing opportunities in the home performance field as well as healthy housing. Trainings available for un- and underemployed, workers interested in improving skills, and employers interested in customized training. Features classroom, laboratory and field training on energy performance related to duct, heating, air sealing, and insulation, as well as in areas such as Lead Paint Renovation and Repair, and Lead Dust Sampling. Accredited as a BPI Testing Center and serves as local provider of the National Center for Healthy Homes trainings. Based in Trenton, NJ.  [url; Isles, CEET]

Casa Verde Builders
Green construction training program targeted to 18-24 year olds. Construction projects focus on green, health home repairs for lower-income residents and seniors. Dove Springs Home Repair is an example of the type of healthy home repair project on which trainees work. [pdf; American YouthWorks]

Are there other training or volunteer programs we should highlight? Please let us know.
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