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Training will help make healthy homes a reality

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Those who visit homes to provide inspections, audits or health services are encouraged to participate in training conducted by the National Center for Healthy Housing and hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service May 19 and 20.

Professionals from a variety of fields will gather to share their expertise and learn from others by participating in the two-day Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners course. The course will be held at selected video-conference sites.

The course costs $120 for those seeking continuing education credits and $60 for those who are not. Scholarships are available to cover the $60 registration fee, making it free for those who work for government or non-profit organizations. The registration deadline is April 30.

“At this training, everyone from code inspectors and public health nurses visiting clients to pest management professionals will gain insight into how housing and health are related and actions they can take to improve the health of their clients,” said Bobbie Shaffett, family resource management specialist with the MSU Extension Service. “The course complements hazard-specific training in lead-based paint, radon, mold, pests and asbestos. Participants will learn to identify root causes of health problems in homes.”

Shaffett said the training will provide a better understanding of how collaboration can make healthier homes a reality.

For more information or to request a course registration form, contact the local family resource management area agent through the county Extension office.


Writer: Karen Templeton

Released: April 22, 2010
Contact: Dr. Bobbie Shaffett, (662) 325-3080