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Healthy Homes - Healthy Bodies

Project Details

Year: 2008
Location: Lynn, MA
Project Manager: Maru Colbert, ECOprojects, Jamaica Plain, MA
Partners: Boston Public Health Commission, Lynn NAACP

Through trainings, workshops, and focus group research, ECOprojects helped to alleviate suffering of asthmatics among lower income Lynn residents, especially children. A user-friendly Toxics Use Reduction Primer was developed that identifies chemical hazards due to common household practices and ways to reduce the associated asthma triggers. ECOprojects trained twenty "heads-of-households" on how to recognize toxics in household products and find safer products. Participants received complementary products that do not contain known asthmagens and throughout the 10-month grant cycle, compiled an asthma journal. ECOprojects hosted a spring seminar that included the asthmatics, residents, and community partner organizations to raise awareness of safer alternatives that helped inner-city residents live healthier lives - and create a network for future work.

Look for project materials to be posted here soon!

Check out photos of the ECOprojects project from the TURI 2008 Champions of Toxics Use Reduction ceremony here .



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