Thursday, September 28, 2017 
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210

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Patricia Barnes, Coordinator
Ohio Healthy Homes Network

P. O. Box 2562
Columbus, Ohio 43216

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OHHN's Fall Healthy Homes Forum

Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids

OHHN’s 2017 Fall Forum, an educational and networking event for the healthy homes field, will be held on September 28 at the Fawcett Center in Columbus from 9 am – 4:30 pm. This year’s theme, Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids, will explore the latest approaches to improve children’s health through control of home-based health hazards.  

The Forum features presentations from national, state and local leaders and experts on topics in the healthy homes field with a special focus on lead hazards, reflecting recent activity in Ohio at the local and state level to protect children from lead exposure and poisoning. Speakers will also address home-based asthma interventions, resources for healthy homes, weatherization and local collaborations.

Anyone interested in children’s health and housing is welcome to attend including parents, housing providers and managers, public health officials, advocates, weatherization and rehab professionals, asthma specialists, environmental specialists and community members.

Our Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Morning Keynote Speaker
Dr. Dave Jacobs, Chief Scientist, National Center for Healthy Housing
     Dr. David Jacobs, Chief Scientist for the National Center for
     Healthy Housing, is one of the nation's foremost authorities on
     childhood lead poisoning prevention. His current work includes
     research on asthma, international healthy housing guidelines,
     lead poisoning prevention, and green sustainable building

Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Ruth Ann Norton, President and CEO, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
     Ruth Ann Norton serves as President & CEO of the Green &     
     Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a national nonprofit founded in 
     1986 dedicated to the elimination of childhood lead poisoning 
     and the creation of healthy, safe and energy efficient housing for 
     America's children. One of the nation's leading experts on    
healthy housing, Ms. Norton led efforts to reduce childhood lead
                              poisoning by 98% in the state of Maryland.


  • Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, Ohio Healthy Homes Network
  • Pam Blais, Environmental Supervisor, Ohio Department of Health
  • Robert Cole, Managing Partner, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. and Toledo Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition
  • Danielle Gadomski-Littleton, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Anneliese Grytafey, J.D. Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Grantmaking, Toledo Community Foundation
  • Yvonka Hall, Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition and Cleveland Lead Safe Housing Network
  • Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner (R-District 6)
  • Kevin McCoy, Training and Technical Manager, Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development
  • Nicholas Newman, DO, MS, Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Environmental Health
  • Jessica Saunders, Director of the Center for Child Health and Wellness, Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • John Sobolewski, Deputy Director, EPH Service Area, Cuyahoga County Public Health
  • George A. Thomas, Senior Attorney, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
  • Gretchen West, Executive Director, Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families Realty Collaborative
  • Joel Zembrodt, Project Manager, People Working Cooperatively

Forum Agenda 

Speaker Bios 

Information for Registrants

Registration begins at 8 am. The Forum begins at 9 am and ends at 4:30 pm. All events will be held in the Alumni Room of the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

Registration fees are $35 for OHHN members, $50 for non-members and $20 for full-time students. Presenters and sponsors are free of charge (sponsors' free passes are based on their level of support). A limited number of scholarships are available for parents of lead poisoned children (see below).

Is your organization or agency a member?  Or are you an individual member?  You can find out by checking the list of 2017 OHHN Members. If you are not a member, this is a great time to join for 2017 and receive the discount on your registration fee. You can join at OHHN.org using Pay Pal or download the membership application and pay by check. 


A buffet lunch will be provided on site. Please indicate on the registration form if you have special dietary needs


OHHN accepts payment through Pay Pal and by check. If paying by check, make check out to Ohio Healthy Homes Network and mail to PO Box 2562, Columbus, Ohio 43216. You may also bring a check with you to registration.  Contact OHHN if you need a W-9 for a purchase order or an invoice. If using an agency purchase order, choose 'paying by check' on the registration form. Please register on-line using the Register Now link below by Monday, September 25

Late registrations will be accepted after September 25. However, for OHHN to ensure there's a seat and lunch available, contact OHHN before attending and bring a late fee of $10 with your registration fee.

Scholarships for Parents

A limited number of scholarships are available for parents of lead poisoned children. To request a scholarship, write to OHHN by September 15th.  Be sure to include the name of the event and contact information.


Parking is complimentary but requires a pass. OHHN will e-mail a pass to all registrants. The pass should placed inside the windshield. If you forget your pass on September 28, you can get a pass from OHHN in the Fawcett Center.


CEUs for Registered Sanitarians (RS) and Licensed Social Workers for 6.25 hours have been applied for. Please indicate your interest in the Registered Sanitarian or Social Work CEUs on the registration form.


Speaker presentations will be placed on the OHHN website immediately prior to the Forum so that you may view them during and after the Forum.


Any questions? Write Patricia Barnes, Executive Director, or call (614) 289-8812.


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Ohio Healthy Homes Network

The mission of the Ohio Healthy Homes Network (OHHN) is to promote healthy, safe and affordable housing for people of all ages.  To contact OHHN, call 614) 289-8812 or write to us. For more information on OHHN, go to OHHN.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.