U.S. Office of the Surgeon General. 2009. The Surgeon General's call to action to promote healthy homes. [Rockville, MD]: U.S. Office of the Surgeon General, 66 pp.
Annotation: This report discusses the factors that influence health and safety in the home and the steps that people can take to prevent injury, disability, and disease that may result from an unhealthy housing environment. The report addresses (1) the need for healthy homes; (2) the connection between health and homes; (3) promoting healthy homes through prevention; (4) homes and health research; and (5) translating research into practical application and policy. Among the topics covered are air quality, water quality, residential chemicals, housing structure and design, elevated lead levels, structural deficiencies, mental health, access disparities, housing instability, and homelessness. A series of coordinated action steps call on individuals, families, educators, scientists, businesses, agencies, and organizations, to join in a discussion about healthy home issues; to make informed decisions; and to develop imaginative and realistic solutions that will help ensure that safe, healthy, affordable, and accessible homes are available to everyone in the United States. Related materials include materials from the launch of this program, actions for consumers, a checklist, resources, and a strategic plan.
Contact: U.S. Office of the Surgeon General, Tower Building, Plaza Level 1, Room 100, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: (240) 276-8853 Fax: (240) 453-6141 Web Site: http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/index.html Available from the website.
Keywords: Air pollution, Building codes, Environmental health, Hazards, Household safety, Housing, Public health, Public policy, Risk factors