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A one-day Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency Workshop will be offered twice, on Sept. 14 or Sept. 15, at East Central University in Ada.

The workshop will train health professionals, realtors, contractors, pest management professionals and public housing authority staff in the area of energy efficiency coupled with healthy homes concepts. A healthy home is described as a home designed, constructed, maintained or rehabilitated in a manner that supports the health of its residents.

Each workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be taught by Dr. Charlie Biles, professor of biology, and Dr. Pat Bohan, associate professor of environmental health science and a retired captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. The cost is $250 per person.

More information is available from Jannason Long in ECU's Center of Continuing Education and Community Services at 580-559-5859 or

A growing body of evidence links housing conditions to such health conditions as asthma, lead poisoning, lung cancer and unintentional injuries, according to the National Center for Healthy Housing. Since any home could have health hazards, creating healthier housing could save billions of dollars in health care costs, officials say.

ECU is a training partner with the National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network. The group is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Urban Development and Environmental Protection Agency and the Home Depot Foundation and brings together public health and housing practitioners to promote practical and cost-effective methods for making homes healthier.

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