Grand Rapids Disclosure Fact SheetIn Grand Rapids, Michigan, the CLEARCorps partnering organization is The Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, http://www.healthyhomescoalition.org. This is a newly incorporated non-profit organization that is an outgrowth of the successful Get the Lead Out! Campaign in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 2001, more than two-dozen partner organizations have contributed to the success of the campaign, which has resulted in a more than 60% decrease in the number of children with elevated blood lead levels in Kent County, Michigan.
CLEARCorps/Grand Rapids delivers family-centered activities to high-risk communities in Grand Rapids. This campaign focuses upon both childhood lead poisoning and a wider assortment of healthy homes issues as identified and prioritized by local community residents, leaders and stakeholders. Issues are radon, carbon monoxide, indoor air quality, and pest management. Key activities will be environmental sampling, family-centered education for action, and local capacity building.
CLEARCorps/Grand Rapids is integrated into both the Get the Lead Out! Collaborative and the Greater Grand Rapids Children’s Environmental Health Initiative. Both of these groups convene broad stakeholders to develop local action plans and metrics for measuring success, and both are facilitated with help from the Healthy Homes Coalition.
CLEARCorps/Grand Rapids is also coordinated with local and state public health and the City of Grand Rapids’ model Lead Hazard Control program.
The Healthy Homes Coalition has ongoing, working partnerships with dozens of organizations from as diverse backgrounds as health care, early childhood development, neighborhoods and community development, faith-based groups, landlord associations, environmental organizations, housing developer, government, higher education and others.
Available for Download:
A Powerpoint Presentation on the results of a survey conducted by CLEARCorps/Grand Rapids of several local paint retailers!
Contact CLEARCorps/Grand Rapids
Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
phone: (616) 241-3300
fax: (616) 241-3327
Paul Haan, Executive Director
Courtney Meyers-Keaton, Program Manager