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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor Air Quality Tools for Tribal Communities

Learn the latest information on IAQ in tribal communities, and Share this information with others in your community.

Asthma Basics Presentation

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The Asthma Basics Presentation aims to provide environmental professionals working in tribal communities with basic information on asthma. Certain factors in the indoor and outdoor environment can cause, trigger or exacerbate asthma symptoms. However, simple actions can reduce the impact of these environmental triggers, as well as reduce the burden of asthma in tribal communities.

The presentation is divided into the following sections:

  1. Asthma Overview
  2. Asthma Triggers
  3. Actions to Take in Your Community.

Talking points are included to allow you to present this valuable information to others in your community at staff meetings, community workshops, health fairs etc.

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Webinar: Lowering Utility Bills and Health Risks: Building a "Weatherization + Health" Program for Your Tribe

As part of the Healthy Homes Working Group's goal to collaborate with other tribes to exchange technical and programmatic assistance, the Healthy Homes Working Group hosted a training Webinar on January 28, 2010.

During the training, technical experts introduce the components of a "Weatherization + Health" program, in which tribal staff are trained to perform energy audits and inspections in a home, while simultaneously addressing indoor air conditions that impact those with asthma, lung disease and compromised immune function. Staff from Washington State DOH also briefly discuss their initiative to reduce asthma-related health disparities in Tribal communities.

Webinar presenters included: Jerry Hause, Certified Residential Inspector, Member, Cowlitz Tribe; Aileen Gagney, American Lung Association of WA, Master Home Environmentalist Program; and, Reva Wittenberg/Keith Zang, Asthma Program Manager, Washington State Department of Health.

The Healthy Homes Working Group is a tribally-led, peer-to-peer forum created for tribes in EPA Region 10 to share strategies and strengthen outcomes in their work improving indoor air quality in their communities.

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Additional Tribal Resources

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