Achieving Green and Healthy Homes

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CCI Presents the “Stepping Up” Speaker Series event - Achieving Green and Healthy Homes: Housing as a Key Social Determinant of Health—How to Fix It!

THROUGH lead, radon, mold or other household health risks – home environment conditions significantly impact occupant health. Children can be disproportionately affected by adverse environmental conditions in their home, leading to increased asthma episodes, lead poisoning – or other negative health impacts. Renters and lower income households often experience higher frequency of these conditions.

At Stepping Up: Achieving Green and Healthy Homes, we call on government officials, children’s health professionals, educators and interested parties throughout the region to connect with national home health leaders as they discuss practices and policies that can effect change and pave the way for lasting improvement.

The event will be held Thursday, June 20 at Phipps Conservatory from 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. Attendance is FREE but you must reserve your seat at ASAP! Join CCI and their event Partners, Building Performance Association, Women for a Healthy Environment, Green Building Alliance, NeighborWorks of Western PA, and Healthy Indoors Magazine in this signature event sponsored by The Heinz Endowments

Join this provocative panel to learn more about the intrinsic link between dwelling place and individual health and wellbeing. 

Check out our panel below.


Karen Hacker, MD, MPH - Director, Allegheny County Health Department

Karen Hacker, MD MPH has been the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department since 2013 and is responsible for overseeing the health of the 1.2 million residents of Allegheny County. Under her leadership, Allegheny County launched its first ever health improvement plan and achieved national public health accreditation. Using collective action to improve population health is a key focus of her agenda. Dr. Hacker is widely published and has extensive experience in community engagement, participatory and health services research, collaboration between health care and public health and administration. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and a Clinical Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. She is a primary care internist and adolescent medicine specialist.

Featured Speakers:

  • Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr., CRP - Program Leader, Minority-Low Income Operational Viable Economic Solutions for Radon Environmental Justice

Mr. Burden was a physics major with studies in nuclear engineering at Carnegie-Mellon. He worked as a nuclear operator at the now decommissioned LWBR Shippingport Atomic Power Station in PA and the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in PA. He served as the radiation safety officer and radiation decontamination foreman with advance decon protocols. Mr. Burden was a consultant and provider of radon testing and radon mitigation design with the DOD for American Army facilities in GarmischPartenkirchen and Augsburg, Germany. He provided radon testing for special facilities (General Patton Hotel, Army barracks, and secure underground facilities) and served as a special consultant in collaboration with the Argonne National Laborites for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada for low-level fine radon mitigation with special oil filtration. He currently is the PA Chapter President of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) and a former EPA radon testing and mitigation instructor for regional radon training centers.

  • David E. Jacobs, PhD CIH - Chief Scientist, National Center for Healthy Housing

David holds degrees in Environmental Engineering (PhD), Science and Technology Policy (MS), Environmental Health (BS) and Political Science (BA). He was a contributing author to the recently released Guidelines on Housing and Health from the World Health Organization. He helped launch the Health Homes Initiative in the US in 1999 with a report to Congress, where he has testified on several occasions. Dr. Jacobs has led research related to childhood lead poisoning prevention, lead exposure assessment and mitigation, healthy housing, asthma, green building design and policy development. He also was the principal author of the HUD Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead Based Paint Hazards, the standard industry reference in the field. He was a principal author of the President’s Task Force report on childhood lead poisoning prevention in 2000. He has over 95 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, most of which are available at this link:

Dr. Jacobs is also President of Lincoln Westmoreland Housing in Washington DC, a non-profit organization providing low-income housing for over 150 families.

  • Joe Medosch - Healthy Building Scientist, Hayward Score

His diverse background in multiple trades provides a unique understanding of “The House as System.” Joe has been inspecting homes (for better or worse) for 18+ years and has been a Comfort Consultant Trainer for over 10+ years providing solutions on Healthy/Energy Efficient Home Performance.
His certifications / knowledge base and committees include: Healthy Homes Master Trainer, IAQ/IEQ assessments, ICC, BPI, RESNET, SMACNA, ASTM and others

  • Ruth Ann Norton - President & CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

One of the nation’s leading experts on health-based housing, she designed and leads an innovative GHHI model in 30 cities to cost effectively integrate energy efficiency investments with lead hazard reduction and health and safety interventions in low-income housing. An expert in social impact financing for healthy housing, Ms. Norton has also authored 35 pieces of successful healthy housing legislation. She has directly helped raise more than $325 million from the public and private sector to advance healthy housing. She is the architect of efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning by 98% in the State of Maryland. Ms. Norton is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader and a Weinberg Foundation Fellow.



June 20th, 2019 3:30 PM   through   5:30 PM
1 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States

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