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Center for the Human Rights of Children

Advancing Healthy Homes / Healthy Communities

Scientists have long recognized that indoor toxic hazards typically pose far greater risks to children’s health than outdoor exposures, because of the concentrated levels. Health hazards encountered in the home include:

1) Dust, mold, and pests which can cause asthma and respiratory ailments

2) Lead (and other heavy metals), pesticides, food additives, and other toxic materials which can result in learning disabilities, and behavioral and health problems

3) Dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide and radon which can result in long term brain damage, cancer, and death

These environmental toxins and their negative consequences can be viewed in our 

In response to the risks that indoor toxic hazards pose to children and families’ health, the Center for the Human Rights of Children, Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Medical Center, and Loyola Law School’s Civitas ChildLaw Center (“The Centers”) at Loyola University Chicago have developed the Advancing Healthy Homes/Healthy Communities – Tackling Environmental Disparities (HHHCI) project. The mission of the project is to develop Loyola University’s capacity as a leading educational institution with a commitment to building healthy homes and healthy communities free of environmental and social toxins. The project will use an integrative research and advocacy model to address the public health and housing problems associated with environmental toxins. This approach integrates a unique set of strategies and tactics, including applied research, public education, organizing, coalition building, legislative and policy advocacy, and policy implementation.

Currently, members of the initiative are working with representatives from the Chicago Department of Public Health, Cook County Department of Public Health, National Center on Healthy Housing, Center for Neighborhood Technology, and others to plan a summit/working conference for June 2014. The focus of the summit will be to develop strategic plans for the city and county on Advancing Healthy Housing. Research conducted through the initiative last spring will be included as background materials for informing discussion. Additionally, Loyola HHHCI representatives, Anita Weinberg (Civitas Child Law Center) and David Treering (IES) will be presenting a workshop,“Building Community-Academic Partnerships for Improving Healthy Homes Outcome" at the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference, sponsored by the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development in Nashville at the end of May. Stay tuned for more information about the summit to be published shortly.

To view an illustration of our plan of action, please refer to our Research and Action Matrix

For the full concept paper, please click here: HHHCI Concept PaperHHHCI Concept PaperHHHCI Concept PaperAdvancing Healthy Homes / Healthy Communities

Questions about the initiative should be brought to the attention of Adrian J. Segura or a member of the Steering Committee (see below)

Steering Committee
MembersAffiliationContact Information
David Crumrine, PhD Center for Urban Environmental Research And Policy   dcrumri@luc.edu
Aaron Durnbaugh, Sustainablity Director    Office of Sustainability adurnbaugh@luc.edu
Philip Nyden, PhD Center for Urban Research & Learning pnyden@luc.edu
Adrian J. Segura, Project Coordinator Center for the Human Rights of Children asegura2@luc.edu
David Treering, GIS Specialist Center for Urban Environmental Research And Policy dgoldb2@luc.edu
Katherine Kaufka Walts, JD Center for the Human Rights of Children kkaufkawalts@luc.edu
Anita Weinberg, JD Civitas ChildLaw Center aweinbe@luc.edu
Advisory Council*
MembersAffiliation
Emily Anderson, PhD                                   Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics
Patrick Boyle, PhD, Associate Provost Department of Political Science/Office of the Provost
Ellen M. Chiocca, MSN Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 
Peter Rosenblatt, PhD Department of Sociology
David Shoham, PhD Department of Public Health Sciences
Rebecca Silton, PhD Department of Pyschology                                            

*Includes Steering Committee members

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