Greensboro NC (PRWEB) May 16, 2014
Craig Whittaker received a 2014 Healthy Homes Hero Award from the Advancing Safe and Healthy Homes for Children and Families Initiative (ASHHI), a national program sponsored by the Kresge Foundation. Whittaker was recognized for his outstanding professional commitment to advancing healthy homes at a special dinner during ASHHI’s annual meeting held in St. Pete Beach, Florida on April 26, 2014. Beth McKee-Huger of the Greensboro Housing Coalition presented the award.
Mr. Whittaker is one of six recipients honored in 2014 by ASHHI as Healthy Homes Heroes. “We are very excited to be able to bring together all of our stakeholders once again to share the innovative approaches they have developed within their communities” said Pamela Shaheen, DrPH, director of ASHHI’s national program office. “We also look forward to exploring new ideas and possibilities for continuing this work with the aid of additional funding sources in order to expand making homes healthier across our country,” she continued.
Kresge’s Advancing Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative originally grew out of an earlier initiative to reduce childhood lead poisoning. Now a comprehensive effort, it addresses home hazards such as asthma-triggering allergens, fire hazards, substandard insulation and weatherization, repair issues, and neighborhood nuisances like abandoned buildings that invite crime. The initiative also aims to build the capacity of government agencies and established nonprofits to reduce the incidence of preventable illnesses, injuries, and hospitalizations caused by unhealthy home environments, many of which lead to an increased cost burden across the entire health care system.
Since 2002, Craig Whittaker has assessed thousands of residential properties throughout the southeastern United States for health hazards relative to microbial contamination and allergens. He is widely regarded as an expert indoor environmental consultant and has assisted government agencies, nonprofits and medical professionals in determining if a home environment is adversely affecting the health of occupants in residential buildings.