NH DHHS - One-Touch Healthy Homes Data Report Released

Concord, NH – A new report is now available reviewing the housing data from

New Hampshire homes that were visited using the One-Touch healthy home

visiting model. A total of 109 households located in Manchester

participated, and information was gathered regarding energy use, asthma,

tobacco, lead poisoning, fire and carbon monoxide safety, radon, pests, and

injury. Agencies that used the One-Touch Healthy Home visiting model during

their home visits included energy auditors, nurse case managers,

homelessness prevention advocates, healthy home specialist and early

childhood intervention specialist. These home visitors were trained to

understand the link between a person’s environment and their health and

were able to identify high risk hazards while in the home during a routine


Using the One-Touch assessment tool, 30% of the households visited were

identified as having one or more family members with asthma, and of these

households, 64% of the asthmatics reported living with someone who smokes

tobacco, a known asthma trigger. The One-Touch assessment tool also

identified additional asthma triggers in these households that include

insects and rodents, moisture, mold, candles, incense, and air fresheners.

“Unhealthy housing conditions may seem like cosmetic problems,” said Dr.

José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of

Health and Human Services (DHHS). “But potential hazards are where you

least expect them; peeling paint can contain lead, moisture can trigger

asthma, and clutter can shelter insects and rodents. Carbon monoxide and

radon, both deadly hazards, are invisible. With knowledge, having a healthy

home is within everyone’s reach. We want to encourage everyone to get

educated today.”

While homes of any age and value can harbor serious environmental hazards,

older, low-income properties that are in substandard condition typically

present the greatest risks. The One-Touch healthy home visiting model

provides an assessment of the household, education for the family, and the

potential to connect them with available resources within their community

to address these hazards.

To view the report and to learn more about Healthy Homes and what

initiatives are happening here in New Hampshire, contact the New Hampshire

Asthma Control Program at 1-800-852-3345 ext. 8128 or visit

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdpc/asthma . For more information, visit the DHHS

website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/bchs/clpp/index.htm  or the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes .

The assessments were administered by partners of the Manchester Healthy

Homes System Development Committee. The report was prepared by the DHHS,

Division of Public Health Services, Asthma Control Program in partnership

with the Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

This One-Touch Report is one of the topics DHHS is focusing on this week in

recognition of National Public Health Week; for more information go to