Housing Health Training Program
HHTP is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accredited training provider. Under the Directorship of Dr. Nicole Oretsky, Savannah State University hosts and facilitates the U.S. Environmental Agency's (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Final Rule
(40 CFR 745).
* Lead Inspector * Lead Risk Assessor * Lead Abatement Worker * Lead Abatement Supervisor
* Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Final Rule
HHTP Goals and Objectives:
• Set Standards in Housing Health Training
• Reduce Savannah’s Lead Burden
• Educate communities about Environmental Lead Hazards
• Implement Workforce Development for Marginalized Communities
HHTP is an integral part of SSU’s Urban Studies and Environmental Justice Project (USEJ). The Project addresses the relationship between the socio-spatial distribution of environmental risk and disparities in health outcomes experienced by low income communities. The current strategic focus concerns lead hazards in Savannah’s older inner-city neighborhoods. USEJ activity modules include workforce development, curriculum design, community outreach and applied research.
HHTP is the workforce development module of USEJ. The not-for-profit program is dedicated to reducing Savannah's lead burden. In collaboration with our community partners, HHTP staff conducts outreach to local renovators and contractors, offering opportunities for grant subsidies and certification. All training fees are recycled toward SSU's ongoing lead hazard and health disparities research, and USEJ Honoraria and Fellowships.
Dr. Nicole Oretsky, Director
Social Sciences Building, Room 228
Bonnie Maurras, Program Manager
USEJ/HHTP Interns 2012/2013
Dana Ingram, Executive Director
JC Vision and Associates
Larry Miles, President
Arrowood Environmental Group
Maria Wargovich, Regional Lead Coordinator
Coastal Health District, Georgia
Classes are held in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching facility located in the Hubert A Building on campus.
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USEJ HONORARIA AND FELLOWSHIPS
USEJ offers Honoraria for select students and community partners to attend HHTP training. In order to support the on-going certification of SSU students in lead hazard control, each semester, honoraria are awarded to interns participating in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Infrastructure for Minority Institutions (RIMI) grant.
USEJ Fellowships are awarded to outstanding SSU graduate students working in environmental justice. Application eligibility criteria include: enrollment in a related field such as Urban Studies and Planning, Environmental Science and Marine Science; 3.6 GPA; research experience; and two above average academic references.
***USEJ Fellowship applications are now available for 2011.
SSU Honoraria Recipients
Dr. Simone Charles
Dr. Deborah Fonteneau
2011 USEJ Fellow
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND
In American cities, environmentally-based health disparities are common across racial and class lines. Inner-city minority and low income communities are disproportionately affected by air, water and soil pollution. Inadequate abatement of negative externalities from historical industrial manufacturing activities has left a toxic environmental legacy. Older and under-maintained housing is a source of health disparities due to higher frequencies of exposure to lead and other industrial toxins, mold, and pests; lack of adequate insulation and modern heating or air conditioning; and health threats such as hypertension and other stress-related illnesses due to housing insecurity and slumlord activity. In addition, due to spatial and socioeconomic segregation, disadvantaged communities have unequal access to such environmental goods as fresh, nutritious food; green parks and outdoor recreation facilities; health care clinics and quality schools, public transportation, and secure employment. In other words, where people live, in many ways, affects their life chances. Place matters and it is an issue of environmental justice.
Chatham County Health Department
City of Savannah
Georgia Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Georgia Department of Public Health
Georgia Coastal Health District
JC Vision and Associates
Lead and Asbestos Program
Georgia Environmental Protection Division
SSU HUD HBCU Community Development Grant
in partnership with the
City of Savannah, Moses Jackson Center