Air Quality

What Air Do Children Breathe? Air Quality Assessments in Schools

The Centers for Diseases Control has concluded that poor indoor air quality in schools can greatly impact children's respiratory health and their academic performance. An IAQ monitoring and improvement program was started in the schools of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana with the support of the U.S. EPA grant. This presentation will share the preliminary results of the assessments. Attendees will leave knowing the successes and challenges of implementing an IAQ program.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

VOCs: Sneaky Sources and Sustainable Solutions

This session uses case studies to examine the impact of building materials and particular chemicals on indoor air quality (IAQ) throughout their lifecycle. After attending this talk, environmental health professionals will be able to identify materials that might be the origin of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), identify low-emitting alternative materials, and describe the benefits and value of using sustainable building materials. Come away with a proven method for controlling volatile organic compounds in the indoor environments in your community.

Reducing Asthma and Allergy Triggers in Child Care Environments

With the prevalence of asthma among young children, child care providers' role in managing asthma is increasingly important. University of Missouri Extension identified the need for asthma education, conducted workshops to fill this gap, and assessed the workshops' effectiveness. This presentation will provide attendees with best practices for asthma education that improves child care workers' knowledge of asthma triggers, control strategies to reduce the triggers, and drives behavior changes to create an asthma-friendly environment.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Transcending the Demonstration Project: Emerging Trends in Medicaid Reimb for Healthy Homes Services

We've all read the peer-reviewed evidence and heard countless compelling success stories from healthy homes demonstration projects across the country. So why aren't these services available in more communities? Why can't doctors write prescriptions for healthy housing for patients with housing-related illnesses? Many states are exploring Medicaid reimbursement as a strategy for bringing healthy homes interventions to scale and integrating home-based interventions into a patient's usual care.

Pesticide Usage and Dust Concentrations of Asthmatic Children Living in Subsidized Housing

The omnipresence of legal and illegal pesticides still impact the lives of children living in low-income subsidized housing and may significantly impact asthma-related pediatric health. This study aimed to characterize the presence of pesticides, this potential health link, and policy implications for pest control and healthy communities in multifamily dwellings.