The mission of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance (OHKA) is to improve children’s health through Healthy Homes.
- Green cleaning supplies
- Swiffer mops and cloths
- LED lights
- Paper towels
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Gift cards for home improvement stores
- New sheets for children’s beds
- Rubber gloves
- “What’s Lead Got To Do With It?” luncheon fundraiser
Oct. 22, 2018
- Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Oct. 22-26, 2018
OHKA’s Healthy Homes program works to create a healthy home for every child. Their main goal is to bring awareness and education to families in the city about environmental hazards, green and healthy homes, and lead poisoning. They hope to create a local infrastructure to support safe and healthy housing, to measure cost savings through proactive interventions, and to provide construction repairs for families. To learn more about lead, please visit the Omaha Lead Registry at omahalead.org.
OHKA Healthy Homes specialists conduct in-home assessments, including lead-risk assessments, lead dust clearance, and radon testing. They conduct allergen sampling; investigate mold, moisture, and gas levels; and measure energy efficiency. OHKA works with the city and a group of housing service providers to maximize resources. OHKA outreach efforts focus on the most disadvantaged populations in Omaha. Programs include the Asthma In-home Response (AIR), the Lead Education Action Program (LEAP), and Championing Healthy Energy Efficient Rehab (CHEER).
Pay it forward
Donations are always welcome, and volunteers are needed to assist families or to be trained as Healthy Homes assistants. OHKA has an internship program for students interested in hands-on learning about healthy homes in Omaha. OHKA representatives can come to an event and speak. Anyone can host a “Healthy Home House Party” at home, where OHKA staff can speak about their work in the community and help raise funds for a specific family.
Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance
5006 Underwood Ave.
Omaha, NE 68132
The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.