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Healthy homes conference Part 5

November 2nd, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

One of the most interesting speakers at the Springfield conference was Dr. Catherine Karr, who is a pediatric environmental health specialist.  She reviewed a wide variety of home health hazards including lead paint, radon, mold, carbon monoxide, fire, and pests.  So many of these topics intersect with property maintenance and fire prevention enforcement.  She is a member of a group called PEHSU (Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units) which is a national network of academic-based centers of expertise that service health care providers, public health professionals, communities and families.  Asthma, for example, is a huge health problem for children and adults and is made worse by living in homes that have mold problems and pest infestation.  Illinois is included in the Great Lakes Centers’ Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit based at the University of Illinois at Chicago. All areas of the country are part of some regional unit. PEHSU is a great resource for information on all of these issues. When inspectors are dealing with a property where children live, the long term effects of the unhealthy conditions should be a top priority for enforcement.

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