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Session 1003

November 1, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

New Hampshire Room (Lobby Level)

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A Pilot Community Health Worker and Healthy Homes Evaluator Collaboration to Improve Asthma & COPD

Larry Zarker


Building Performance Institute - Malta, NY

Session Description 


BPI launched the Healthy Home Evaluator (HHE) certification in 2013. In 2016, Pierce County Weatherization partnered with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to create a Healthy Homes pilot program. The pilot explored cross-sector collaboration to integrate healthy homes measures and health education into low-income weatherization services. Asthma Community Health Workers (CHWs) provided asthma and COPD education, environmental trigger assessment, and support for behavioral changes. The WAP HHEs provided healthy home assessments and improvements. The pilot served 53 households and 78 persons with respiratory conditions. Some received comprehensive weatherization and healthy homes measures and others received only educational visits and low-cost measures. This session focuses on the evaluation of respiratory health outcomes from the pilot and outlines the unique contributions of CHWs and HHEs in improving asthma and COPD control and quality of life.


This pilot program serves as a transferrable model for Maine to adopt and demonstrate that collaboration between Community Health Workers and BPI Healthy Home Evaluators can improve asthma and COPD health outcomes for occupants while making the homes more energy efficient.

Presentation Categories:  Energy Efficiency; Occupant Health/Medical Issues;  Investigations, Testing & Research


Presentation Level: Basic, Intermediate

About Larry Zarker:


Larry Zarker is the CEO of the Building Performance Institute, the professional standards setting and credentialing organization for both the weatherization and home performance contracting industries. He oversees BPI’s national network of over 12,000 certified professionals and BPI GoldStar contracting companies. He was instrumental in moving BPI toward the new Healthy Home Evaluator certification and has delivered talks on the various ways that conditions in homes can negatively impact the health of its occupants. Prior to BPI, he worked for nearly twenty years with the NAHB Research Center and was the Vice President of Marketing for over a decade, serving both the new home and remodeling sectors with innovative product development and research.