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  • Posted on Jun 15, 2015

    Forty percent (PDF) of asthma episodes are caused by preventable hazards found in homes, including mold and dust mites. Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grantee Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is helping low-income individuals and families reduce such asthma triggers in their households.

    It is doing so using a cost-effective and integrated approach that utilizes a comprehensive environmental assessment based on eight elements of “green and healthy homes:” dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, well-maintained, and energy-efficient. A review of published studies (PDF) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that such home-based, multicomponent asthma interventions provide substantial return on investment.

    GHHI’s asthma program is part of its integrated intervention services that also includes remediation and education for home health, safety, and energy efficiency. Its first pay for success project is located in Baltimore, Md., and will include Calvert Foundation and other investors providing up-front capital to scale the program. Program partners Johns Hopkins Health Care and the Johns Hopkins Health System will then pay back to the Calvert Foundation a portion of avoided medical costs if the program achieves agreed-upon outcomes, such as decreased asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

    To show funders the program was...

  • Posted on Jun 21, 2013
    By Koby Langley

     

    A year ago, I visited the Qi Life Center, a veterans' transition home in Washington, DC. There I met a neatly dressed gentleman who was focused intently at a computer screen. "That's Ken Harris," the center's director said. "When he came to us, he was lost. He's a veteran who has been homeless for almost 20 years since he was discharged. He became homeless the day he left the military."
  • Posted on Jun 7, 2013
    By Greg Tucker

     

    A construction project in the shadow of the Washington Monument brought 40 AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA national service members to Washington, DC. to assemble frames and construct accessible ramps for new Habitat for Humanity homes during the 2013 Veterans Build on the Mall June 2-5.
  • Posted on Jun 3, 2013
    By Paula Katrina Drago

     

    A U.S. Air Force veteran, Regina Best was recently homeless and became so passionate about service that she spent months building homes for others before finding one for herself. Now in her own apartment and back in school, Best is determined to keep serving well beyond her AmeriCorps term.
    Tags: Veterans
  • Posted on May 31, 2013
  • Posted on May 31, 2013
    In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, OK, last week, the Corporation for National and Community Service is working closely with federal, state, and local officials to deploy AmeriCorps members to the region early Tuesday, May 21. As of Thursday, May 30, 96 AmeriCorps members had boots on the ground.
    Tags: Disaster
  • Posted on May 28, 2013
    By Sandy Scott

     

    In the aftermath of the devastating tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, last week, we have witnessed remarkable courage and compassion.  From the first responders who pulled survivors from the rubble, to the teachers who shielded their students, to the residents who sheltered their neighbors, Oklahomans have displayed extraordinary strength and resilience.Governor Mary Fallin has called it the “Oklahoma Standard” – the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor that shined after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and remains strong today.
  • Posted on May 24, 2013
    By Koby Langley

     

    Memorial Day is a day of somber reflection on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have given the last full measure of devotion to their nation. It is the day that all Americans pause to reflect on the sacrifice that is required by any free nation to remain free and defend the right of others to live freely as well.
  • Posted on May 21, 2013
    By Samantha Jo Warfield

     

    Tags: Disaster
  • Posted on May 10, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    All this week we have celebrated the extraordinary contributions of the 360,000 men and women who make up our Senior Corps.     
  • Posted on May 8, 2013
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    This week, the Corporation for National and Community Service, elected officials, and community leaders are marking the contributions of Senior Corps volunteers across the country. In fact, more than 40 governors have issued proclamations for Senior Corps Week.Senior Corps taps the skills and experience of more than 360,000 Americans age 55 and over to meet a wide range of community needs through the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, and the Senior Companion Program.

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