RAMP Digest – October 16
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will host a webinar entitled “The Science and Value Behind Targeted Home Environmental Interventions” that will focus on the CDC Community Guide recommendations. The webinar will take place on October 22nd from 1-2:30 pm EST and the presenter, Gema Dumitru, from the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, will discuss the evidence behind CDC’s recommendations for asthma control and in-home environmental intervention programs as presented in the Community Guide. For more information and to register, visit: //iaq.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/iaq.cfg/php/enduser/doc_serve.php?2=In-Home_Intervention_Series_1_Registration.
At the conference on Environmental Justice, Air, and Green Jobs Evolution and Innovation, the EPA will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the following: goods movement and new initiatives to reduce the impacts of transporting goods or produce; sustainability/green jobs in the context of jobs aimed at preserving ecosystems and reducing consumption; ambient air/climate change and the impacts of ambient air pollutants and greenhouse gases on disproportionately affected communities; and the impacts and challenges of hazardous materials, waste exposure and cleanup activities. For more information, visit: //www.cleanairinfo.com/ejconference/ or call Lena (Vickey) Epps-Price at 919-541-5573.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is preparing to launch the first government-sponsored clinical trial to determine what dose of the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine is needed to induce a protective immune response in people with asthma, especially those with severe disease. The study will be conducted at seven sites across the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that certain at-risk populations receive the new H1N1 vaccine as a priority before the general population. These target populations include pregnant women, health care providers and individuals with underlying chronic medical conditions, including asthma. For more information about the study, visit //clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00978120?term=H1N1+AND+asthma&rank=1.
A Healthy Housing Forum co-sponsored by the Environmental Health Division and the San Mateo Asthma Coalition will be held on October 22nd from 8:15 am-1 pm at the San Mateo City Library. The workshop will provide background on the concepts of Healthy Homes and information on the roles of housing departments, Legal Aid, and San Mateo County Health programs in addressing these issues. The program is free and lunch is included. Registration is due by Friday, October 16th. For more information, call Gladys Fabiano at 650-573-3722.
The Community Health Center Network (CHCN), with support from Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), is hosting two clinical asthma management trainings in Alameda County. The trainings, “Clinical Asthma Management: Implementing the Revised Asthma Guidelines,” will be led by Mindy Benson, MSN, PNP, Primary Care Manager and Asthma Program Manager at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland and will focus on practical applications for implementing the revised asthma guidelines in clinical practice. The trainings are free and dinner will be provided.
The South County training is on October 29th at Tri City Health Center, Liberty site, in Fremont. Space is limited for this training. To register, visit //www.calasthma.org/news/show_story/688/ to download the registration form. Registration is due by October 26th.
The North County training is on November 5th at West Berkeley Family Practice in Berkeley. For more information and to register, view the complete program announcement by visiting //www.calasthma.org/news/show_story/688/. Registration is due by October 26th.
CHRCO is seeking an Asthma Treatment Service Coordinator to coordinate and implement asthma-related activities in multiple settings as part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Claremont Primary Care Clinic. Responsibilities include: conducting health education with patients and their families; providing care coordination of patients interfacing with other organizations; and, providing administrative support for clinical, quality improvement, research activities, and special events. For more information, visit: https:22.214.171.124/www.healthcaresource.com/cho/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.jobDetails&template=dsp_job_details.cfm&cJobId=800841 or call Mindy Benson, Asthma Program Manager, at 510-428-3885.
The San Francisco Department of the Environment and the San Francisco Human Services Agency seek job applicants for several different job classifications. These are Green Jobs positions funded with federal stimulus dollars. The positions include: Environmental Outreach Campaign Coordinator; Environmental Outreach Recruiter/Trainer; Environmental Outreach Team Leaders; and, Environmental Outreach Team members. They are also recruiting applicants for over 100 new jobs, to be hired through the Human Services Agency for placement in the Department of the Environment. For more information, visit: //www.sfenvironment.com/our_sfenvironment/employment.html, or //www.sfhsa.org/1410.htm.
QueensCare Family Clinics (QFC) seeks a Community Health Worker who will provide a variety of services to QFC’s pediatric patients and their families, including asthma education, case management/follow-up, home visits and referrals. The CHW will work under the supervision of the Project Director of QueensCare Family Clinics’ Pediatric Asthma Disease Management Program (PADM). Duties include: providing asthma education to patients/families in both individual and group settings; acting as a liaison between the patients/families and the pediatricians/asthma program; conducting home visits to identify asthma triggers and help the family to reduce them; providing case management and follow up for patients/families; acting as an advocate for the patient in the clinic/community; and, providing referrals and connecting patients/families to resources to help them overcome social problems and barriers to asthma control and management. For more information, visit: //www.queenscarefamilyclinics.org/ and click on “Careers”.