NCHH & the NEHA Announce Nation's First Healthy Homes Specialist Credential

NCHH & the NEHA Announce Nation's First Healthy Homes Specialist Credential

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NCHH & the National Environmental Health Association Announce Nation's First Healthy Homes Specialist Credential

Atlantic City, NJ -- In partnership with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the National Center for Healthy Housing announced today the creation of the nation's first Healthy Homes Specialist credential for professionals in the health and housing fields. Announced at NEHA's annual meeting, the individuals earning the credential must demonstrate extensive knowledge of practices to make and keep homes healthy for occupants.

NCHH Executive Director Rebecca Morley said the credential raises awareness about healthy housing practices and encourages health and housing professionals to work as a team. "A nurse or a housing inspector visiting a family at home should be able to recognize an unhealthy condition that could cause or contribute to illness. Greater awareness of problems or potential problems increases the likelihood that families will be connected to information and resources they need to correct the problems," said Morley.

Nelson Fabian, NEHA's Executive Director and CEO, stated "The home is where we live. There is no environment that is more important. By advancing our ability to understand what it takes to create a healthy home, this credential truly pushes progress in the direction of providing increasing numbers of people with a safe and healthful environment."

To achieve the credential, individuals must complete a comprehensive exam on the seven principles of healthy housing, which include keeping homes: Dry, Clean, Pest-Free, Free from Contaminants, Ventilated, Safe, and Well-Maintained. Individuals seeking a Healthy Homes Specialist credential must also meet the following qualifications:

Must be at least 21 years of age;

  • Have five years of experience in housing, environmental health or public health;
  • Achieve a minimum score of 70 percent on the qualifying examination; and
  • Successfully complete an on-line home assessment exercise.

The credential is being released in conjunction with the National Healthy Homes Training Center, which is managed by NCHH and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While receiving training through the National Healthy Homes Training Center better prepares applicants for the credential exam, it is not a prerequisite. The Training Center brings together a network of universities and training partners who can offer the training necessary to help the Healthy Homes Specialist succeed. NEHA is the leading national organization pf environmental health professionals. It manages eight other credentials for these professionals.

Professionals who may be interested in the Healthy Homes Specialist credential may include:

  • Individuals who have been certified or licensed as lead risk assessors, radon measurement professionals or mold professionals.  These individuals have developed a basic expertise in a specific environmental hazard in the home and should be interested in expanding their capability and services.
  • NEHA registeredEnvironmental Health Specialists seeking to document their experience and expertise in housing.Public health nurses seeking to document their expertise in healthy homes. 
  • Health department and housing agency staff seeking to document their expertise in healthy homes, or to better position their agencies to receiveHUD healthy homes grants.
  • Licensed pest management professionals seeking to expand their services.  Resolving pest problems using integrated pest management essentially relies on a knowledge base similar to the Healthy Homes Practitioner.
  • Certified home inspectors seeking to expand their business by adding healthy homes to their standard services.

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