BNT is committed to working with individuals and entities in the primary prevention of exposure of children and families to environmental risks due to substandard housing, including stabilization of hazards, education and outreach.
The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Asthma Data Fact Sheet, dated February 2009, identified Bridgeport’s asthma rates as a primary diagnosis during hospitalization among adults, the highest in the State. Making matters worse, Bridgeport leads the State in the number of children under the age of 6, with elevated blood lead levels
Poor families and young children are often the victims. Poverty and poor health are linked. Destitute urban populations inevitably live in conditions that compromise physical and emotional well-being, which then results in a much higher rate of disease. Families living in substandard housing are often exposed to lead-based paint, cockroaches, dust, dust mites, mold, and mildew and are more vulnerable to natural disasters. The health consequences for people living in these conditions are harsh and they suffer from higher rates of asthma, strokes, lead poisoning, malnutrition, and higher mortality rates in general.
Bridgeport houses are full of history and architectural character, but health-wise many have hidden dangers. In response, BNT launched a Healthy Homes Initiative in partnership with the City of Bridgeport. While our focus is lead, we champion the broader concept of a “Healthy Home”: a house free of environmental hazards such as lead, mold, asthma, allergens, pests, carbon monoxide, and radon. Today BNT is working hard to make Bridgeport healthier. Our work falls into two main categories: outreach activities to inform the community of the dangers of lead and other environmental hazards and a lead removal program for low-income family homes, funded by the City of Bridgeport Lead Free Families Program.
If your organization would like a presentation on lead poisoning and lead-based paint hazard control or healthy homes, contact GeJuan Williams at Gejuan@bntweb.org