National Healthy Homes Month – June 2020

June is National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM), created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH). The campaign’s aim is to promote ways to keep people of all ages safe and healthy in their homes. Click here to learn more about the NHHM campaign.

CIRCLE would like to share a few resources to help people connect their health to their homes as it relates to childhood leukemia.

Dirty Little Secrets About House Dust

Chances are most families haven’t put much thought into the harm house dust may cause. House dust seems harmless and easy to clean; but, dust can actually be hazardous to your health! Dust can carry harmful chemicals for a very long time. Watch a series of videos featuring five-year-old Eleanor, as she shares what she’s learned about dust from her dad, an environmental scientist. These videos will touch upon helpful tips to mitigate exposure to these chemicals by reducing toxic dust in the home.

Other Risk Factors for Leukemia Found in the Home

Visit our page on Risk Factors here to learn more about a few examples of some risk factors for childhood leukemia that can be found in the home. Some potential risk factors found in the home include pesticides, cigarette smoke, paint/petroleum solvents, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), folate, and polyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

The California Childhood Leukemia Study (CCLS) Newsletter

The CCLS Newsletter shares key findings found from 1995 to 2017, touching upon chemicals and other risk factors found in the home. Click here to download the CCLS Newsletter to learn more about childhood leukemia and the environment.

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Newsletter Articles on Potential Harmful Toxins Found in the Home

CIRCLE works in collaboration with the The Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (WSPEHSU) to send out monthly newsletters to community health workers and promotores de salud who are interested in environmental health. Check out some of the newsletters below as they relate to toxins found in your home and helpful ways to reduce exposure. If interested in learning more about other topics, please subscribe here to receive our monthly newsletters.

Newsletter article on Lead
Newsletter article on Bisphenols and Pthalates
Newsletter article on Flame Retardants

External Resources Related to Keeping a Healthy Home

Thirdhand Smoke Resource Center

The Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium was established by California’s Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP). The Consortium brings together researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines and institutions throughout California to advance the understanding of the relationships among thirdhand smoke exposure and human health. Visit their site here to learn more about thirdhand smoke.

Because Health

Because Health is a non-profit environmental health site, focusing on how the places we live, work, and play impact our health. Through a combination of science-based tips, guides, and expert advice, their mission is to show people simple ways to create a healthier future for themselves and their communities. Visit their site here to learn more about wellness and health.

International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment (ISCHE)

ISCHE is a private, non-profit society that focuses on protecting children worldwide from toxic chemicals. ISCHE is composed of children’s environmental health professionals with the goal of using research, training, policy, clinical care, community outreach, and education to reduce the impact of adverse chemical, physical, biological and social influences on children’s health. Visit their site here to learn more about children’s health and the environment.

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