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The Surgeon General’s call to action to promote healthy homes
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    Call to action to promote healthy homes
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    Message from the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Foreword from the Acting Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services -- Section 1. The Need for healthy homes -- Section 2. The Connection between health and homes -- Section 3. Promoting healthy homes through prevention -- Section 4. Homes and health research -- -- Section 5. Ensuring healthy homes: taking action for the future -- Goal 1: Ensuring Healthy, Safe, Affordable, and Accessible Homes -- Goal 2: Increase Public Awareness and Promote Health Literacy -- Goal 3: Conduct Healthy Homes Research -- Goal 4: Translate Research into Practice and Policy -- -- Section 6. Conclusions -- References -- Acknowledgments -- Glossary.

    This Call to Action was prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Environmental Health under the direction of the Office of the Surgeon General.

    The Call to Action describes the steps people can take now to protect themselves from disease, disability and injury that may result from health hazards in their houses. These steps have been scientifically proven to reduce health problems that cause or contribute to disease and injuries. And, improving literacy about healthy homes and teaching people about the steps they can take to change unhealthy and unsafe behaviors at home will lead to better health for all Americans. This Call to Action also outlines the next steps of a society-wide, comprehensive and coordinated approach to healthy homes that will result in the greatest possible public health impact and reduce disparities in the availability of healthy, safe, affordable, accessible, and environmentally friendly homes.

    Suggested citation: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Promote Healthy Homes. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, 2009.

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