Finding Buried Treasure at The National Healthy Homes Conference (NHHC)

Posted by Allen Rathey on June 12, 2014
Finding Buried Treasure at The National Healthy Homes Conference (NHHC)
The National Healthy Homes Conference (NHHC)—brought to you by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Rebuilding Together, and media clout from the HGTV and the DIY Network is a gold mine of information.
NHHC’s six program tracks embraced 130-140 educational sessions and workshops featuring experts with dozens of nationally recognized organizations presenting a wealth of information, including actionable steps for:
  • Communities, homebuilders, designers and remodelers
  • Environmental, public health and safety professionals
  • Urban and city planners
  • Federal, state and local health & housing organizations
  • Philanthropic & non-profit organizations
  • Energy & weatherization professionals
  • Educational institutions
Take Away Nuggets
NHHC’s excellent take-away education values included: 
  • Identifying & bridging the gap between housing and health
  • Showcasing trends in healthy homes policy & standards
  • Outlining how healthy homes are for the mainstream, not just the wealthy
  • Exploring research & innovation to create healthier homes, communities
  • Developing new partnerships across disciplines
  • Reducing inequality in healthy housing 
Hidden Gems in the Exhibit Hall and Poster Sessions
The exhibit hall had scores of booths highlighting diverse healthy home tools and assistance programs, plus 50 poster sessions containing many ‘hidden gems’ for those patient enough to review their content.
Speakers – Wealth to Share

Here is just a sample of the nearly 200 presenters. Many will be very familiar names to Home Energy readers—from healthy home advocates to energy efficiency experts, we are all in this together.
  • Shaun Donovan, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Charley Shimanski, President and CEO, Rebuilding Together
  • Jack Thomasson, Professional House Planner and Producer, HGTV Smart Home
  • Bob Scott, National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)
  • Jennifer Lowry, Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Martha Berger, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Suzanne Shelton, Shelton Group
  • Jane Malone, National Center for Healthy Housing
  • Dave Kapturowski, American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
  • Brandon Kitagawa, Regional Asthma Management and Prevention
  • Mary Sue Schottenfels, CLEARCorps Detroit
  • Ruth Ann Norton, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
  • Patty Brown, Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Dion Irish, City of Boston Office of Human Rights
  • Carlos Dora, World Health Organization
  • Gary Adamkiewicz, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Ellen Tohn, Tohn Environmental Strategies
  • Geoff Wilcox, Vermont Weatherization Program
  • Tamasin Sterner, Pure Energy Coach LLC
  • Larry Zarker, Building Performance Institute
  • Brett Singer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
More healthy-homes treasure will be prepped and mapped at the next event.   

“There be gold in them ‘thar’ hills” and it’s waiting for thoughtful digging at the 2016 National Healthy Homes Conference (NHHC). Please be there…

Allen P. Rathey is the president of the Healthy House Institute (HHI)

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