Award Date

8-1-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Environmental and Occupational Health

First Committee Member

Shawn Gerstenberger

Second Committee Member

Sheniz Moonie

Third Committee Member

Melva Thompson-Robinson

Fourth Committee Member

Jennifer Keene

Number of Pages

147

Abstract

The Nevada Healthy Homes Partnership (NVHHP) is collaboration between University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV), the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), and other public and private housing authorities and health agencies throughout Clark County, Nevada. The primary mission of the NVHHP is to improve the health of Nevada residents, particularly those in disadvantaged communities, by identifying and addressing conditions in the home environment. For this study, a program created by the NVHHP, entitled "Nevada Healthy Homes" (hereafter, Healthy Homes) was piloted. Home health and risk assessments were conducted in 52 homes, with one or more interventions being provided to the primary resident of each home. These interventions included home-specific educational materials, home safety and cleaning devices, and home remediation. Data were analyzed and findings were summarized. Findings demonstrate an increase among participating households in self-reported ratings of home safety (Z = -2.307, P=.021) and in self-reported ratings of overall home satisfaction (Z = -2.004, P= .045). Data gathered provide insight on unhealthy conditions common in Clark County, Nevada. Suggestions for improvement and areas of future research are provided.

Keywords

Asthma; Dwellings – Environmental engineering; Environmental Health; Home accidents – Prevention; Housing; Injury; Nevada – Clark County; Safety

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Environmental Public Health | Public Health

Language

English


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