RAMP Digest – June 18

RAMP Digest

GENERAL

1) Event: National Environmental Justice Advisory Council meeting in Arlington, July 21st

2) Save the Date: EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium

3) Funding Announcement: RAMP Legacy Projects

4) Resource: Community Preventive Services Resource on Asthma

5) Resources: HUD’s Healthy Homes Strategic Plan and the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

6) Event: ALA Healthy Air Walk and Treasure Hunt in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 26th

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

7) Event: Healthy Air Living Air Quality Chat in Merced, June 25th

8) Event: Asthma Roundtable Conference in Modesto, June 27th

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GENERAL

1) Event: National Environmental Justice Advisory Council meeting in Arlington, July 21st

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) is holding a public meeting from July 21st through July 23rd in Arlington, Virginia. During this 3-day meeting, the Council will participate in discussions about EPA priorities related to environmental justice, school air toxics monitoring, recommendations for reducing the impacts of goods movement activities on air quality, and other topics. For more information about the meeting and to register, visit //www.epa.gov/oecaerth/environmentaljustice/nejac/meetings.html.

2) Save the Date: EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium

Registration is open for EPA’s 10th Annual Indoor Air Quality for Schools (IAQ TfS) National Symposium to take place in Washington, D.C. on January 14-16, 2010. Participants will have the opportunity to network with hundreds of school board officials, administrators, architects, school nurses, teachers, facility managers, school and health association members, parents, and other leaders at the event. Sessions will be led by technical experts and peer faculty and will provide access to: proven strategies that lead to successful and sustainable IAQ management programs; cutting-edge information on creating and maintaining green, healthy, and high performing schools; and in-depth technical information and resources on addressing IAQ issues including controlling asthma triggers, making green purchasing decisions, and funding IAQ management programs. For more information and to register, visit //www.iaqsymposium.com/.

3) Funding Announcement: RAMP Legacy Projects

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for its second round of Legacy Projects. Legacy Project grant proposals should be focused on reducing asthma disparities in African American and Latino communities by addressing social determinants of health and by using a public health prevention approach. Priority will be given to proposals that are in alignment with the work of RAMP’s three goal areas to address asthma in African American and Latino communities. The goals are to reduce environmental triggers in homes and outdoor air, reduce environmental triggers and improve education and management of asthma in schools and childcare settings, and improve culturally competent clinical management. The RFA is being disseminated nationally and additional eligibility criteria and priorities are listed in the RFA. Funding will be for one-year grants and it is anticipated that up to 3 awards, ranging from $25,000 – $30,000 each, will be granted. Applications must be received by July 1st. For more information and to access the RFA, visit //www.calasthma.org/news/show_story/651/.

4) Resource: Community Preventive Services Resource on Asthma

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to assist in choosing programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in communities. Systematic reviews are used to answer the following questions: Which programs and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment? More than 200 interventions have been reviewed and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services has issued recommendations for their use. Learn more about the Guide and access the asthma topic information at //www.thecommunityguide.org/asthma/index.html.

5) Resources: HUD’s Healthy Homes Strategic Plan and the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released their Healthy Homes Strategic Plan to focus the Department’s efforts toward providing healthy homes for all Americans. This report release is in conjunction with the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes. HUD, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Surgeon General are committed to advancing efforts to address housing-related health hazards confronting families. To access the Strategic Plan and the Call to Action, visit //www.hud.gov/offices/lead/index.cfm.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

6) Event: ALA Healthy Air Walk and Treasure Hunt in the San Francisco Bay Area, September 26th

The American Lung Association in California is hosting a Healthy Air Walk and Treasure Hunt on September 26th at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. Participants will have a chance to play games and gather clues in the hunt for treasure and prizes along the walk route while learning about what can be done to improve air quality and help those with asthma, emphysema, and lung cancer. The 3-mile loop around Treasure Island offers views of San Francisco, the East Bay Hills, and the Bay Bridge. There is no fee to participate but teams and individuals are encouraged to register and fundraise. For more information, visit //www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=315892 or contact Lindsay Space at LSpace@alac.org or 510-893-5474.

CENTRAL CALIFORNIA

7) Event: Healthy Air Living Air Quality Chat in Merced, June 25th

Merced residents can participate in a Healthy Air Living Air Quality Chat being hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District on June 25th from 6-8pm at Merced College (3600 M. Street, Room LES-111 in Merced). The purpose of the forum is to have a discussion on how to make the air cleaner in Merced and the Valley. There is also a chance to win an electric lawnmower or a bicycle. For more information visit //healthyairliving.com/upcoming-events/workshops-meetings.htm

8) Event: Asthma Roundtable Conference in Modesto, June 27th

The 3rd Annual Asthma Roundtable Conference is taking place from 8am until noon in Modesto on June 27th. This is a no-cost event intended for health care professionals and the conference will highlight strategies and tools focused on asthma and air quality. Participants will have opportunities to share experiences, insight, case studies, and innovative methods that move guidelines into practice. At the conference providers will learn what is new in asthma therapy, review case studies with an asthma specialist, understand the impact of air quality on health care, and network with local providers. CMEs are available. For more information and to register, download the registration form by visitng //www.calasthma.org/calendar/view_event/1544/ or contact the Stanislaus County Asthma Coalition at 209-558-4846.

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