Air Quality

Gender Differences in Respiratory Health of School Children Exposed to Rail Yard–Generated Air Pollution: The ENRRICH Study

Studies about environmental burdens often explore overall community risk. Increasing evidence suggests, however, differential burdens by gender and age. The purpose of the authors’ research was to determine if gender-related difference exists among children in a region plagued with poor air quality and if increased exposure to pollutants from a major goods movement rail yard influences the relationship. Using a cross-sectional study design, the authors provided respiratory screening for children at two elementary schools.

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