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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e318226ca05
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Educating Refugees to Improve Their Home Environmental Health

Korfmacher, Katrina Smith PhD; George, Valerie MS

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Abstract

Rochester's Healthy Home was a hands-on home environmental health museum that educated more than 3500 visitors between June 2006 and December 2009. The Healthy Home provided visitors with the tools, resources, and motivation to make their homes healthier by reducing environmental hazards. The Healthy Home focused on empowering low-income renters to protect their families from home health risks, but served a broad audience. On the basis of the Healthy Home's initial successes with diverse visitors, in 2009 the county health department provided funding for a 6-month project to educate 200 recently arrived refugees. This report summarizes the project's innovative approach to home health education, presents evaluation data on impacts on refugees and other visitors, suggests implications for resettlement agencies, and provides guidelines for those interested in replicating this approach in their own community.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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