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Health Promot Pract. 2010 May;11(3):325-31. doi: 10.1177/1524839909341026. Epub 2009 Oct 20.

The Environmental Health/Home Safety Education Project: a successful and practical U.S.-Mexico border initiative.

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Health Science Department at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. sforster@nmsu.edu

Abstract

The Environmental Health/Home Safety Education Project (Proyecto de Salud Ambiental y Seguridad en el Hogar) has been developed in response to a wide array of severe and often preventable environmental health issues occurring in and around homes on the U.S.-Mexico border. Utilizing well-trained community members, called promotoras , homes are visited and assessed for potential environmental hazards, including home fire and food safety issues. Data analyzed from project years 2002 to 2005 shows a significant impact in knowledge levels and initial behavior change among targeted participants as it relates to fire and food safety issues. Since the initiation of the project in 1999, hundreds of participants have improved their quality of life by making their homes safer. The project has proven to be sustainable, replicable, flexible, and attractive to funders.

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19843700
DOI:
10.1177/1524839909341026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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