Research is increasingly clear—homes are still poisoning too many people. It’s time to clean them up. Doing that requires accessing thousands of homes to test and remediate them. For many parents, inviting a stranger into your home can be scary. That's where our Community Health Workers come in. With strong connections to the community and expertise in healthy homes practices, they reach out to residents and make our work possible.
Esther Fuñez, for example, joined Isles as a Community Health Worker. “I noticed that many people were signing up for Isles’ lead tests, but not many were Spanish speakers,” she shared. “This is so important for the kids. People need to know what’s going on with their water and paint.”
Esther took to Facebook with targeted postings that began getting overwhelming responses from the Hispanic community. She translated one of our Healthy Homes presentations into Spanish for about 25 families, and 20 people signed up for assessments on the spot. “Maybe they didn’t go to school in their old country or don’t read well. That’s why I explain things to them in person and help them fill out their applications.” For Esther, it’s about meeting people where they are, and she’s a great addition to our team.
If you're interested in opening doors in your community, help us spread the word about our free lead testing! Resources are available for our lead poisoning prevention partners here.