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State Health Improvement Process (SHIP)

Safe Physical Environment Tools
1. Lead poisoning can happen to any child living in a pre-1978 home in Maryland. Encourage pediatricians to test all one and two year olds for lead exposure and make sure Local Rental Registries Require Proof of Lead Risk Reduction Certificates.
2. Our built environment, parks, sidewalks, access to amenities, proximity to hazards and more has a big effect on the health of communities. Weigh in on PLAN MARYLAND.
3. Fall Prevention - Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls, resulting in moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and increased risk of early death. Consider applying for a Safe Steps for Seniors: A Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults mini-grant or partnering with local housing developers, hospitals or community associations to prevent falls by making homes safer and helping with risk behaviors.
4. There are thousands of fire related injuries each year in Maryland – most of which are preventable. Make sure that everyone in your community has working smoke alarms and that housing inspections ensure this. Post CDC Fire Prevention Tips: and see if you are eligible for a fire prevention mini grant.
5. Headlines about deaths and injuries from food contamination proliferate. See recommended ways that you can increase Food Safety in your community.
6. Control asthma by reducing asthma triggers in homes and communities. One option is to start a healthy homes program to inspect for and reduce triggers in homes of asthmatics. If you are in the Greater Baltimore area consider joining the Greater Baltimore Asthma Alliance or get tips from them on how to start an asthma coalition in your community.
7. Maryland has a lot of food “deserts” –areas of the state where people have no Access to Affordable, Healthy Food. See CDC tips for increasing access to healthy food or Food Trust resources.
8. The Public Health Law Network connects and serves individuals and organizations committed to applying the law to improve public health. Working with and for public health practitioners; local, tribal, state and federal officials; lawyers; policy-makers and public health advocates, the Network delivers innovative legal technical assistance and training materials and programs on public health law and connect those working in public health law field. The Eastern Region housed at the University of Maryland Law School provides assistance on all public health matters with areas of focus of environmental health, food safety and injury prevention. For more information about the University of Maryland School of Law's Environmental Law Program please contact William Piermattei 410-706-8157; wpiermattei @ law.umaryland.edu.
9. Air pollution poses a serious threat to our nation’s health. At the American Lung Association, numerous resources are available to improve healthy air outcomes in homes, schools, workplaces, and outdoors. To understand how polluted air can make individuals sick and what you can do to help keep our air and nation healthy, click here.

Planting trees
is one way to share in the vision of a sustainable future. Trees provide ecological, economic, and quality of life benefits including protecting air and water quality, and reducing energy costs. Marylanders Plant Trees was launched to encourage residents to plant new trees to improve health. To give a gift of trees, learn about the long-term benefits of trees, participate in the school challenge, register your tree, and print a coupon. click here.

Visit the Air and Radiological Health Information Center through the Maryland Department of the Environment to find information about air quality compliance and monitoring, and implementation plans made by the state. Components of the Mobile Sources Control Program including emissions inspections, the anti-idling campaign, and commuter options are also discussed.