Managing Asthma. Living Well ^ with Asthma. Indoors. Sheila Brown Indoor Environments Division U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Washington, DC. Objectives. Overview of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Environments Division (IED) Asthma Program
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Managing Asthma Living Well ^with Asthma Indoors Sheila Brown Indoor Environments Division U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Washington, DC
Objectives • Overview of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Environments Division (IED) Asthma Program • Defining EPA’s Role in the Asthma Community • EPA, NIH, CDC and State Asthma Programs • Working together, so everyone can live well with asthma • EPA IED Asthma Program Available Resources • Sharing indoor air quality public education and outreach resources
Overview ofEPA IED • Mission Reduce the public’s health risks of indoor environmental pollutants • Major Streams of Work • Asthma • ETS/SHS • Schools • Large Buildings • Radon
Overview ofEPA IED • IED uses a range of voluntary, non-regulatory community-based approaches to reduce the health risks from indoor air pollutants. • EPA Regional Offices • Other Federal Agencies • State and Local Governments • Coalitions • National and Field Affiliate Partners
Overview of EPA IED’s Asthma Program DefiningEPA’s Role in the Asthma Community Asthma can be controlled with medical treatment and management of environmental asthma triggers. • Indoor environment plays an important role in increasing asthma problem. • Exposure to indoor allergens can exacerbate asthma symptoms. • Exposure to secondhand smoke and dust mites in children can cause asthma. • Supportive of the need to mitigate exposures. Peer-Reviewed Science National Academy of Science’s Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures Report (2000) – http://books.nap.edu/catalog/9610.html Accepted Clinical Guidance National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Guidelines – http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm
Overview of EPA IED’s Asthma Program Defining EPA’s Role in the Asthma Community Created a multi-pronged program to combat asthma. Program is committed to: • Prevent asthma symptoms by reducing people’s exposure to indoor environmental triggers. • Promote and stress incorporation of indoor environmental management of asthma into comprehensive asthma management programs. • Support the integration of environmental management into medical and healthcare asthma practices. • Collaborate with organizations with common goals: • National Institutes of Health (NIH) • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) • Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) • Healthcare and Health Plan Organizations • National Non-Profit Organizations • School-Districts
Indoor Asthma Triggers IED’s Focus: • Secondhand Smoke • Dust Mites • Mold • Pests • Pets
IED’s Asthma Program Components • National Media Campaign • Reducing Secondhand Smoke Exposure • Improving Environments in Schools • School and Childcare-Based Asthma Education • In-Home Asthma Education • Healthcare/Health Plan/Provider Education
EPA, NIH, CDC and State Asthma ProgramsWorking together, so everyone can live well with asthma Working together we can: • Integrate indoor environmental controls into asthma prevention/intervention program strategies and medical/healthcare asthma management practices. • Incorporate indoor environmental management of asthma into individual comprehensive asthma management plans. • Implement interventions to reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and major indoor allergens. • Convince policy makers to include asthma prevention/intervention tools, such as mattress covers, pillow covers, etc. into standard medical coverage programs. • Combine shared success stories, challenges and resources into comprehensive asthma prevention/intervention best practices guides used to conduct asthma programs.
EPA IED Asthma Program Available ResourcesSharing IAQ public education and outreach resources • EPA Asthma Program – www.epa.gov/iaq/asthma • EPA Regional Asthma Programs – http://www.epa.gov/iaq/regionia.html • Smoke-Free Home Initiative – http://www.epa.gov/smokefree/ – • IAQ Tools for Schools Program – http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/index.html • IAQ hotlines - http://www.epa.gov/iaq/iaqxline.html • IAQ publications – http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/index.html • State Indoor Air Quality Contacts • http://www.epa.gov/iaq/contacts.html
EPA IED Asthma Program Available ResourcesSharing IAQ public education and outreach resources Mark your calendars: • National Home Indoor Air Quality Action and Awareness Month – annually in October – www.healthyindoorair.org • Children’s Health Month – annually in Octoberwww.childrenshealth.gov • World Asthma Day – annual event - Tuesday, May 6, 2003 • http://www.epa.gov/iaq/asthma/worldasthmaday/eventplanningkit.html • Second National Conference on Asthma Management – June 19 – 21, 2003, Washington, DC – • http://imageits.com/clients/ca_asthma/www/about.html
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Remember the C’s Compliance with a medical plan + Change the indoor environment = Control Asthma, Live Well EPA, CDC and State Asthma Programs Taking Action Together Can Combat Asthma Contact EPA IED – 202-564-9370 – www.epa.gov/iaq Sheila Brown, 202-564-9439, email@example.com 2002 National Asthma Conference, "Living Well With Asthma," 8:00 am - 9:15 am Plenary Session 10-25-02