Housing, the Environment, and Health: The 2005 Sabbatical Exchange


Speaker:                                 Michele Morrone, Ph.D, R.S.

Associate Professor, Ohio University


Level of Knowledge:              Basic


Short Abstract:


Environmental health professionals have known for a long time that housing conditions are an extremely important determinant of health. People who live in homes with adequate ventilation, sanitary conditions, good drinking water, and low levels of lead for example, are healthier than those who do not. Helping people understand the connection between housing and health has become an important component of the job of the environmental health professional. This is evident when reviewing environmental public health programs across the country; most of these programs list housing and shelter environments as duties that fall into their departments. The 2005 Sabbatical Exchange revolved around housing issues, specifically developing lesson plans for teaching about environmental health and housing and outlining a textbook relative to housing and health. This presentation offers the summary of the sabbatical experience and an update on efforts to improve our understanding of housing and environmental health.


Learning Objectives:


  1. Discuss the role of housing conditions and environmental health in the health status of various populations.


  1. Obtain some teaching tools for training related to housing and environmental health.


  1. Explain the benefits of the NEHA Sabbatical Exchange program.