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2019 Midwest Regional Lead and Healthy Housing Conference

October 16 – 17, 2019

Held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Indianapolis

Conference Program

Wednesday, October 16

7:30 a.m. – Conference Registration

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Opening General Session on Funding Sources and Collaborative Resources for Carrying Out Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Housing Programs.

Part 1: The latest on lead in drinking water, including EPA grant opportunities – Tom Neltner, Environmental Defense Fund
Part 2: EPA’s Children’s Health and Environmental Justice Programs: An Intersection with Community Healthy Housing Efforts – Kathy Triantafillou and Maryann Suero, EPA Region 5
Part 3: Expanding the healthy homes workforce: finding the right partners, strategies and funding – Sarah Goodwin, NCHH
Part 4: Lowering Indiana’s Blood Lead Level to 5 ug/dl – Indra Frank, Hoosier Environmental Council

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 on Lead Poisoning Prevention and Lead Hazard Control Issues

  • How communities can benefit from the new Lead Legal Strategies Partnership
    Greg Miao, ChaangeLab Solutions
  • How to construct a successful application for HUD’s Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Home grants
    Jo Miller, NCHH
  • Understanding the basics of a good surveillance system, building performance indicators for those characteristics, and taking surveillance data to decide where to take action and how to effect change
    Stephanie Yendell, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Presentation on the development and use of Lead Sample Collection Kits by the University of Notre Dame’s Lead Innovations Team
    Dr. Heidi Beidinger Burnett, University of Notre Dame

Track #2 on Healthy and Safe Housing Issues

  • Identifying and dealing with pollutants other than lead and the elimination of asthma triggers
    Michael Sharp, Forensic Consulting
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) safety measures
    Quiana Wilson, Marion County Public Health Department

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

Thursday, October 17

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – Exhibit Viewing with Coffee and Refreshments

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. – Meeting of the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition

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

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

  • Comparing HUD’s dust clearance standards vs. EPA’s dust clearance standards
    Nikki Brown, ATC Environmental Services
  • How municipalities use housing codes to advance childhood lead poisoning prevention and healthy housing initiatives – the Michigan recommendations
    Sarah Goodwin, NCHH
  • New and emerging sources of lead poisoning and convincing parents to stop using leaded products and home remedies
    Kate Kirkwood, K Kirkwood Consulting

Track #2 on Healthy and Safe Housing Issues

  • Safe and healthy housing inspection and remediation strategies
    Mike Sharp, Forensic Environmental
  • Hoarding: Dealing with health and safety issues
    Ethan Phearson, Cendecon

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – General Session on Identifying Community Resources and Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Lead Poisoning Prevention and Address Unsafe and Unhealthy Housing Problems

  • Part 1 – Funding opportunities available through HUD’s Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Housing Programs
    Matt Ammons, HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
  • Part 2 – Using an on-line tool to calculate the cost and economic benefit of preventing childhood lead exposure
    A video presented by Corey Rhyan, Center for Value in Health Care, Altarum
  • Part 3 – Strategies for engaging and working with community groups
    Paul Haan and Jackie Hernandez, Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
  • Part 4 – Using mass media and social media to reach at-risk populations
    Kate Kirkwood, K Kirkwood Consulting

5:00 p.m. – Conference Adjournment

Location and Hotel Information

Drury Plaza Hotel, 9625 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis

The conference will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel, 9625 N. Meridian 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 Reservations Number is 2371309

You can also make reservations online by using this link

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Registration Information


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

Conferences Designed to Help Program Managers

As a program manager – new or old – you are not alone. The trials and tribulations that you face have been dealt with by others. The conferences provide you with answers and insights based on the successful experiences of other grant managers through technical assistance workshops and educational sessions.

Also of great value is the opportunity you’ll have to network with fellow managers and program staff from throughout the country.

Help You Meet the Challenges

Environmental health practitioners, health educators, environmental hazard remediation professionals, and building operators face growing challenges. From tight budgets to issues of political and public support to determining appropriate work practices and to questions of environmental science, they all face mounting concerns of how to effectively operate and sustain programs, projects and businesses. The main purpose of the conferences is to help attendees explore solutions to the challenges that are encountered each day in efforts to implement success programs.

Plenty of Time to Network and Establish Professional and Business Relationships

The conferences provide a perfect setting for environmental health practitioners, local and state government officials and industry practitioners to meet, exchange ideas and establish working relationships with one another.

Learning from each other and renewing acquaintances are true benefits of participating in the Lead and Healthy Housing Conferences.

Who Should Attend?

The conferences bring together professionals from health, housing, community development, community groups, advocacy organizations, the lead industry, real estate firms, and residential and commercial facilities to explore ways to undertake programs and projects designed to prevent incidents of lead poisoning, eliminate indoor environmental hazards, and create healthy living and working environments.

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