App identifies home health hazards

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
The Oklahoma State University App Center has developed a mobile app to help clients of indoor environmental health professionals understand common residential health hazards. Oklahoma State University

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State University App Center has developed a mobile app for information about household health risks that professionals can share with individuals who want help in identifying indoor environmental hazards.

OSU designed the Healthy Homes Partners app for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD, which is among the key federal agencies and national sources for information about household hazards such as mold contamination, carbon monoxide poisoning, lead exposure, asthma triggers and other risks.

Rather than a consumer guide, the Healthy Homes Partners app puts technical information and guidance in the hands of housing experts and health care providers who advise people living with dangerous health conditions.

Participants in app testing said the checklist is one of its most valuable features. During home visits, housing experts will use the app to advise clients while inspecting each room of the home. The app then generates a report with recommendations.

For OSU App Center student interns, who work as developers and designers, experience working with mobile apps of varying complexities, both with university and off-campus projects, provides valuable career training and grows the center’s abilities.

The free Healthy Homes Partnership app is available for iOS smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded from the Apple Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthy-homes-partners/id1244368357?mt=8. Consumer information about home health risks is available at http://extensionhealthyhomes.org/ccontent.html.