Healthy Homes Des Moines

Location: Des Moines, Iowa, population 210,330

The Problem: Children are being exposed to secondhand smoke.

Des Moines healthy homesHealthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: Healthy Homes Des Moines is a response to community voices that identified asthma as a community health problem and stressed the need to address asthma where it starts — at home. Children living in Des Moines' urban core are twice as likely to have asthma compared to statewide statistics, largely due to degrading housing and other social determinants. Healthy Homes Des Moines targets families who make 80 percent or less than median income with children ages 2-12. Health care, housing and health-focused community partners are working together to minimize asthma triggers and provide wraparound services tailored to each family.