2018 Midwest Regional Conference

November 13 – 14, 2018

Held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis

Looking for CEUs?

Attendance at the Midwest Regional Lead and Healthy Housing Conference will provide you with 13 hours of CEUs from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

Conference Program

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
General Session

  • Welcoming Remarks
    Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner (confirmed)
  • Presentation on HUD’s Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Programs
    Matt Ammon, Director, HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, (confirmed)
  • Presentations on ways to be proactive rather than reactive in presenting childhood lead poisoning, increasing lead hazard control activities and reducing incidents of asthma and other unhealthy housing conditions
    Dave Jacobs, National Center for Healthy Housing (confirmed for a 30 minute presentation) and a panel presenters, including: Sarah Hudson, Brandon Beeler, Joe Laquatra, Jo Rhodes
  • Presentation on fighting for education and behavior accommodations on behalf of the children of Flint in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis
    Kristin Totten, ACLU Michigan

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Provided

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Two Concurrent Educational Tracks

Track #1: Lead Poisoning Prevention and Lead Hazard Control Issues

  • Lead sampling program for drinking water in Indiana public schools
    Sarah Hudson, Indiana Finance Authority
  • How to keep lead out of school drinking water
    Kristin Totten, ACLU Michigan
  • Helping tenants navigate when dealing with their landlords
    Brandon Beeler, Indiana Legal Services
  • Non-residential sources of lead poisoning, including home remedies, cookware, spices and products
    Joseph Laquatra, Cornell University Department of Design and Environmental Analysis

Track #2: Healthy Housing and Healthy Buildings Issues Focusing on Indoor Air Quality

  • Reducing asthma incidents through education and outreach
    Jo Rhodes, Marion County Public Health Department
  • Using community health workers to address asthma triggers in the home
    Kiersten Sweeney, Green and Healthy Housing Initiative
  • Presentation on radon issues
    Lisa Cauldwell

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Networking Reception and Display Viewing

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Coffee and Display Viewing

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Two Concurrent Educational Tracks

Track #1: Lead Poisoning Prevention and Lead Hazard Control Issues

  • Presentation on reaching at-risk populations through community partnerships and strategies to increase lead screening
    Paul Krievins, Indiana State Department of Health
  • HUD Grantee Listening Session
    Matt Ammon, Director, HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (confirmed)
  • Applying for a HUD Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes grant
  • Paul Diegelman, HUD Region 5
  • Strategies for increasing lead poisoning prevention programs at the local level
    Nicole Caputo, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance

Track #2: Healthy Housing and Indoor Air Quality Issues

  • Presentation on nine and a half strategies for successful Integrated Pest Management: kill the pests, protect the people
    Jayne Windham, Livable Housing, Inc.
  • Presentation on low-cost methods of bed bug eradication.
    Larry Lobdell, MCPHD
  • Presentation on smoke-free housing and how to get landlords to buy in
    Cathy Blume, Indiana Healthy Homes Alliance

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
General Session

  • Potential Restored: Changing the developmental trajectory of lead-exposed children through Early Intervention
    Amy Zimmerman and Dr. Nicole Hamp
  • Collaborating with local fire departments to engage in safe and healthy housing inspection programs
    Steve Hrustich, Vision 20/20
  • Special presentation on “keep on keeping on!”
    Tom Neltner, Environmental Defense Fund

5:00 p.m.
Conference Adjournment

Networking Opportunities

Throughout the conference, attendees will have several opportunities to meet with colleagues to discuss program ideas, ways to deal with problem areas, ways to meet program goals, and to share what is working and what is not.

Location and Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 9625 N. Meridan Street, Indianapolis, IN 4 6290. To make hotel reservations, call the hotel at 317.587.2701 and tell reservations that you are attending the Lead and Healthy Housing Conference to receive the conference room rate of $149.00 for single or double. The Group Number is 2316761. If you have trouble making your hotel reservations at the conference rate, send an email to weilcm2@verizon.net.

Registration Information

For those registering after October 1, 2018:
For 1 person from an organization $190
For 2 or 3 persons from an organization $175 per person
For 4 or more persons from an organization $160 per person

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