Asthma webinars present the latest knowledge and information from leading experts and asthma management program champions from across the country. Offered at no-cost, webinars are an opportunity to discover state of the art tools and resources, learn effective strategies in asthma program design and delivery, engage the experts through question and answer sessions, and contribute to the discussion through interactive polling features.
Whether you recently attended a webinar or need more information, access the archived presentation materials and audio/visual recordings below to learn more about home environmental interventions, best practices for asthma management, program evaluation basics, housing code enforcement, and more.
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The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Program remains fully committed to our stakeholders who are working to ensure that schools are healthy places to work and learn.
This webinar series covers best ventilation and cleaning practices, intended to help school staff in responding to concerns in their facilities.
The three webinars include:
Let’s Clear the Air: Using Ventilation Practices to Promote Healthy IAQ in Schools: Learn about strategies for operating and maintaining efficient HVAC systems to provide clean and healthy air in schools. Apply findings from scientific research and guidance on ventilation to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria using comprehensive IAQ plans and practices.
Cleaning for Health: Proactive Plans to Effectively Clean and Promote Healthy IAQ in Schools: Learn how to tailor your cleaning and maintenance plans and procedures to help implement cleaning guidance for schools and reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria. Hear about strategies for training staff and building a capable, committed team to effectively implement robust procedures focused on cleaning for health.
What Schools Need to Know: Practices and Principles for Healthy IAQ and Reducing the Spread of Viruses: Learn about strategies for developing a comprehensive IAQ management plan to proactively prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria in schools. Identify key IAQ considerations that address a range of critical areas related to controlling the spread of diseases, including ventilation, filtration and air cleaning, cleaning/disinfection of high-contact surfaces, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, and managing special spaces (e.g., toilets, sick rooms, etc.).
Learn how three award winners leveraged partnerships and championed local, state and federal collaborations to better manage asthma in their communities. Hear more from these experts on advocating for direct reimbursement from managed care providers, targeting specific populations and tailoring your interventions, and creating age-appropriate educational materials to reinforce asthma management plans.
Learn how trained home visitors can help to find common asthma triggers in homes and discuss ways to reduce and remove these triggers. Removing asthma triggers from the home, along with proper medical care, can improve health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environments Division, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Asthma and Community Health Branch and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, has developed the Asthma Home Environment Checklist and a new co-branded training slide set to share with attendees.
Cleveland’s HUD-funded Case Healthy Homes & Patients Program (CHHAP) is an innovative community collaboration that achieved significant cost savings and improved outcomes among children with asthma. In this webinar Dr. Dorr Dearborn and Stuart Greenberg will discuss how CHHAP’s successful blend of in-home asthma education and targeted healthy homes remediation led to a 58.6 percent decrease in hospitalizations of children with asthma.
The Asthma Webinar on Housing Code Enforcement focused on how Boston's Breathe Easy at Home (BEAH) Team developed an innovative Web-based technology to link health care providers with public health service home inspections. Panelists discussed how the application of this technology enhances asthma management through clinician referral for public health services. You will also find the answers to all of the great questions asked during the webinar posted here.
* Margaret Reid, RN, BA, Director, Division of Healthy Homes and Community Support, Boston Public Health Commission
* Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
* Dion Irish, BS, MUA, Assistant Commissioner of Housing, City of Boston, Inspectional Services Department
* Amanda LaSane, BA, Breathe Easy at Home Program Coordinator, Boston Public Health Commission
Representatives from The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) program sites explain the challenges, opportunities, and successes in implementing community-based asthma management.
Executive Director of the The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN), Dr. Floyd Malveaux, presents findings how implementation of evidence-based interventions (EBI) can improve care and lower costs for children with asthma at the CMS Medicaid/CHIP Quality Conference.
Learn about the successful Seattle/King County asthma pilot program, which was featured in the American Journal of Public Health! Its findings suggest that adding weatherization-plus-health structural interventions to an existing community health worker asthma home visit program results in greater benefits in asthma control and asthma-related quality of life.
Hear practical tips on establishing an effective collaboration between a weatherization program, local public health department, school district nurses and community members.
Join Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens and Dr. Kevin C. Osterhoudt as they discuss asthma management in terms of environmental triggers. Topics covered include the role of environmental education in treating children with asthma and how including environmental conditions on medical charts can be helpful for determining effective treatments. Additionally, learn how physicians and other health care professionals can use Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PESHUs) for treating environmental health conditions.
Learn about the value of medical-legal partnerships and how you can start one in your community. Megan Sandel, Samantha Morton and Marcia Peters demonstrate the benefits of medical-legal partnerships and its positive impact on housing conditions in asthma.