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Public Housing Residents Survey Training Manual - This manual aims at providing trainers with the resources necessary for training public housing residents to conduct community-based surveys.

Executive Summary of Final Report to HUD (pdf)

Final Report to Kellogg Foundation Feb 6, 2006 (pdf)

Supplemental Final Report to Kellogg Foundation Dec 31, 2007 (pdf)

Health Care for Asthmatic Children in Public Housing. A summary of key findings relevant to health care providers

Peters JL, Levy JI, Muilenberg M, Coull B, Spengler JD. (2007) Efficacy of Integrated Pest Management in reducing cockroach allergen concentrations in urban public housing. Journal of Asthma, 44:445-460.

Julien R, Adamkiewicz G, Levy JI, Bennett D, Nishioka M, Spengler JD (2007). Pesticide loadings of select organophosphate and pyrethroid pesticides in urban public housing. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, Advance online publication 9 May 2007; doi: 10.1038/sj.jes.7500576. Abstract.

Peters JL, Levy JI, Rogers CA, Burge HA, Spengler JD (2007). Determinants of allergen concentration in apartments of asthmatic children living in public housing. Journal of Urban Health, 84(2):185-197. Abstract.

Vermeer K. (2006) Battling childhood asthma. Home Energy, July/Aug 2006, 30-34

Clougherty JE, Levy JI, Hynes HP, Spengler JD. (2006) A longitudinal analysis of the efficacy of environmental interventions on asthma-related quality of life and symptoms among children in urban public housing. Journal of Asthma, 43(5):335-343.

Levy JI, Brugge D, Peters JL, Clougherty JE, Saddler SS. (2006) A community-based participatory research study of multifaceted in-home environmental interventions for pediatric asthmatics in public housing. Social Science and Medicine , 63:2191–2203.

Brugge D, Welker-Hood K, Kosheleva A, Saddler S. (2006) Association and correlation of self-reported home environmental factors and health symptoms. Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health, 61(1):33-41.

Brugge D, Panikkar B, Snell J, Welker-Hood K. (2006) Lessons from developing methods to study the relationship of energy and water savings to housing conditions and resident health. Local Environment, 11:701-717.

Freemam ER, Brugge D, Bennett-Bradley WM, Levy JI, Rivera Carrasco E. (2006) Challenges of conducting community-based participatory research in Boston’s neighborhoods to reduce disparities in asthma. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 83:1013-1021.

Chen C, Brugge D, Leung A, Finkelman A, Lu W, Rand W (2005). Preferred Language and Asthma among Asian Americans. aapi nexus: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice & Community, 3:31-43.

Kosheleva A, Adamkiewicz G, Vallarino J, Peters J, Brugge D, Spengler J (2005). Analysis to evaluate efficacy of the Simmons "BackCareKids" mattress.

Zota A, Adamkiewicz G, Levy JI, Spengler JD (2005). Ventilation in Public Housing: Implications for Indoor Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations. Indoor Air, 15(6):393-401. Abstract.

Brugge D, Panikkar B, Snell J, Vinas B, Welker-Hood K (2004). Environmental and Health Impact of Energy and Water Saving Renovations in Public Housing. Proceedings of the 2nd WHO International Housing and Health Symposium. September 29 - October 1, 2004, Vilnius, Lithuania : 286-293.

Brugge D, Hyde J, Weinbach BH, Levy JI, Steinbach S (2004). The economic benefit of including environmental issues as a component of comprehensive asthma care: a managed care perspective. Disease Management and Health Outcomes. 12(4):259-272.

Hynes HP, Brugge D, Osgood N-D, Snell J, Vallarino J, Spengler J (2004). Where does the damp come from? Investigations into the indoor environment and respiratory health in Boston public housing. Review on Environmental Health, Special Issue: Housing, Health and Well-Being, Volume 19 (Nos.3-4):271-289.

Levy JI, Welker-Hood LK, Clougherty JE, Dodson RE, Steinbach S, Hynes HP (2004). Lung function, asthma symptoms, and quality of life for children in public housing in Boston: a case-series analysis. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 3:13.

Snell J, Brugge D, Helms D, Julio B (2004). Central Steam Heating Challenges and Solutions. Home Energy. March/April:38-44.

Brugge D, Melly S, Finkelman A, Russell M, Bradeen L, Perez R, Henson L, Heeren T, Snell J, Helms D, Hynes HP (2003). A community-based participatory survey of public housing conditions and associations between renovations and possible building-related symptoms. Applied Environmental Science & Public Health, 1:89-101.

Brugge D, Vallarino J, Ascolillo L, Osgood N, Steinbach S, Spengler J (2003). Comparison of multiple environmental factors for asthmatic children in public housing, Indoor Air, 13:18-27. Abstract

Brugge D, Kole A (2003). Exploring community-based research ethics, Case study: Healthy Public Housing Initiative. Science and Engineering Ethics. 9:485-501. Abstract

Hynes PH, Brugge D, Osgood N-D, Snell J, Vallarino J, Spengler J (2003). Where does the damp come from? Investigations into the indoor environment and respiratory health in Boston public housing. Journal of Public Health Policy, 24(3/4):401-426.

Brugge D, Vallarino J, Ascolillo L, Osgood N-D, Steinbach S, Spengler J (2002). Environmental Factors for Asthmatic Children in Public Housing, Proceedings from Indoor Air 2002, Monterey, CA.

Vermeer K (2002). Saving energy, preserving health. Journal of Housing and Community Development, 59:20-24.

Vermeer K (2002). An opportunity for healthier public housing. Home Energy, Nov/Dec: 42-44.

Brugge D, Rice P, Terry P, Howard L, Best J (2001). Housing Conditions and Respiratory Health in a Boston Public Housing Community, New Solutions, 11(2):149-164.

Hynes HP, Brugge D, Watts J, Lally J (2000). Public Health and the Physical Environment in Boston Public Housing: A Community-based Survey and Action Agenda, Planning Practice & Research, 15(1/2):21-49.