The relationship between housing and health: Children at risk

Patrick Breysse, Nick Farr, Warren Galke, Bruce Lanphear, Rebecca Morley, Linda Bergofsky

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In November 2002, the National Center for Healthy Housing convened a 2-day workshop to review the state of knowledge in the field of healthy housing. The workshop, supported with funds from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and National Center for Environmental Health, was unique in that it focused solely on the effect of housing on children's health and the translation of research findings into practical activities in home construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance. Participants included experts and practitioners representing the health, housing, and environmental arenas. Presentations by subject-matter experts covered four key areas: asthma, neurotoxicants, injury, and translational research. Panel discussions followed the presentations, which generated robust dialogue on potential future research opportunities and overall policy gaps. Lack of consensus on standard measurements, incomplete understanding about the interaction of home hazards, inadequate research on the effectiveness of interventions, and insufficient political support limit current efforts to achieve healthy housing. However, change is forthcoming and achievable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1583-1588
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental health perspectives
Issue number15
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Asthma
  • Childhood exposure
  • Environmental toxicants
  • Healthy housing
  • Lead poisoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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