Family, Community and Health

Oregon State University Extension's Family & Community Health (FCH) program, affiliated with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, serves Oregonians through education, community partnerships, and action. FCH focuses on programs that will promote healthy individuals, healthy families, and healthy communities.

Healthy Individuals

Healthy Families

Healthy Communities

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Healthy Aging


Most of Washington County’s 45,000 adults over the age of 65 are active and independent and wish to stay that way! OSU Extension Service offers information and educational programs to help older adults, their family members and caregivers face the challenges of aging in a positive and productive way. Attend one of the many public programs or view or request written materials on topics relating to healthy aging.  



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Oregonians spend the majority of their time indoors.  Research has found that the quality of air in homes can be poorer than that of the outdoors. Oregon’s damp, mild climate contributes to mold growth in indoor environments.  Mold can be destructive to people’s home, health and belongings. 


The following are resources and information relating to moisture and mold control in your home and other buildings.


Websites and publications that provide reliable, unbiased information related to moisture & mold control, assesment, remediation, moisture resistant construction practices, and a proposal to the 2007 Oregon Legislature for updated building code requirements. 


Guidelines for inspecting your home for sources of moisture and steps for control.


One page handout discussing tips on getting rid of mold in your home.


One page fact sheet dicussing mold control and cleanup in homes

Safe and Healthy Homes

OSU Extension Service offers information to help Oregonians keep their homes safe and healthy for residents of all ages.

This page lists resources to help you identify the risks, improve the safety and comfort and cope with emergencies that you might face in your home. There are also some helpful household tips on topics such as stain removal, household cleaning and maintenance and pest control.


  • Home Safety

The Healthy Homes Partnership is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Cooperative Extension Service.  Resources focus on identifying and reducing risks around the home such as lead based paint, indoor air quality and pesticides.

The Oregon Well Water Program helps Oregonian’s protect the groundwater that supplies their drinking water. Information on well and septic system maintenance.

  • Toy Recall

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Lead Resources

Children and Lead: Frequently Asked Questions

Oregon Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The National Lead Information Center
1-800-424-LEAD (5323)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Emergency Preparedness and Response 

It Could Happen to You is a series of publications developed by the OSU Extension Service to help Oregonians prepare for disasters and emergencies. Learn about your community's disaster plan and create a plan for your family, home and office.

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) lists publications relating to natural disasters from each state.

Cleaning Flood Damaged Homes. The Louisiana State University AgCenter has an array of information to help people in their recovery from the multiple problems caused by a hurricane. These problems include the danger of disease from insects, other pests and flood waters as well as illness from contamination by flood waters.

  • Power outages

Your options for coping with a power failure depend on how cold it is outside, how long you're without power, and if you have equipment that can meet your need without external power sources. This publication will help you make decisions to prepare for short- or long-term power failures.

 Winter power outages can be an expensive inconvenience when you have food in your freezer. You'll want to know what food to keep and what you should throw away.

The American Red Cross offers a variety of materials for coping with disasters such as earthquakes, fires and floods.

  • My Own Home

My Own home: (in English)  (en español

Helpful Household Tips Spot and Stain removal guide for washable fabrics. Learn how to remove pine resin, candle wax, wine, and a variety of other stains when doing home laundry.

Household hints and helps from the University of Nebraska Extension

Iowa Families Extension Answer Line provides information and resources for consumers with home and family questions.

Home maintenance and repair. Michigan State University Extension offers instructions and tips for household chores and repairs.

Maintenance of your home. Instructions for basic use of tools and repairing faucets, screens and electric plugs from Texas Agrilife Extension.

  • Pest Control

OSU Master Gardeners respond to household Pest and plant problem inquiries: Click Here Controlling Carpenter Ants (EC 627)

Cockroaches: How to Control Pests Safely. Click the following link for getting rid of roaches and mice or IPM House Mouse Management