Asthma Webinars

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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Schools and Asthma
Andrew Persily, Ph.D., Chief, Energy and Environment Division, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Lisa Ng, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineer, Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Group in the Energy and Environment Division, Engineering Laboratory, NIST; Raj Setty, P.E., LEED AP, President of Setty, Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), ASHRAE Schools Technical Task Force; Fred Remelius, Director of Operations, Upper Merion Area School District, PA; Shawna Cragun, Custodial Services Director, Davis School District, UT; Mike Jones, Director of Custodial Servies, Columbia Schools , MO; Mervin Brewer, Assistant Custodial Supervisor, Salt Lake City School District, UT; Ricky Martinez, Assistant Custodial Supervisor, Salt Lake City School District, UT; Greg Whiteley, Ph.D., Chairman, Whiteley Corporation, Adjunct Fellow, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Australia; Prof. Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D., Director, Indoor Air Quality Research Program, University of Tulsa, OK; Prof. Mark Hernandez, Ph.D., PE, S.J. Archuleta Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
4 September 2020

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.).

Community-based Asthma Management
Presenters: Tracey Mitchell, RRT, AE-C, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C.; Ginger L. Chew, Sc.D., Deputy Associate Director of Science, CDC Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice; Eugene Pinzer, CIH, Senior Environmental Scientist, HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes
28 July 2020

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.

Community-based Asthma Management
Moderator: Tracey Mitchell, RRT, AE-C, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C. Presenters: Michele Bosworth, M.D., FAFFP. Executive Director of The Center for Population Health, Analytics, and Quality Advancement for the UTHSCT School of Community and Rural Health; Associate Professor of Family Medicine; Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy Economics and Management (HPEM), Paul Sharkey, MD. Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Allergy and Immunology, Monica Federico, MD, Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado Asthma Program, Melanie Gleason, PA-C is a Senior Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Director for the School-Centered Asthma Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado
28 May 2020

This webinar will share with you the successful strategies of the 2020 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management Award winners.

Program Evaluation Basics
Moderator: Tracey Mitchell, RRT, AE-C, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C. Presenters: Kevin Kennedy, M.P.H., CIEC, Program Director for the Environmental Health Program Children's Mercy Kansas City, Missouri, Ben Francisco, Ph.D., PNP, AE-C, Associate Teaching Professor, Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy, University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, Missouri
30 July 2019

 

Attendees will hear from experts with Children’s Mercy Kansas City and the University of Missouri School of Medicine about what it takes to collect and analyze data effectively. Find out how programs around the country are using data to support and demonstrate real results in children with uncontrolled asthma and the difference data makes in sustaining your program for long-term success.

Community-based Asthma Management
Moderator: Erin McTigue, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10, Presenters: Matthew Hayashi, Principal Organizational Development and Leadership Consultant, Headwater People Consulting, Shawn Blackshear, Acting Director, Portland Area Division of Environmental Health Services, Indian Health Service’s Yakama Field Office.
23 July 2019

On today’s webinar, “Opportunities for In-Home Asthma Care in Native Communities: A Northwest Initiative and Tribal Pilot Project” we feature Matthew Echohawk Hayashi, Principal Organizational Development and Leadership Consultant, Headwater People Consulting, and Shawn Blackshear, Acting Director, Portland Area Division of Environmental Health Services, Indian Health Service’s Yakama Field Office. I will also be speaking on EPA Region 10’s role in this work.

In the webinar, you will learn about:

  • Lessons from a 5-year effort to build capacity and explore sustainable funding for asthma in-home environmental interventions in Native communities.
  • Guidance about how a multidisciplinary team was formed with tribes, federal partners, and state and local organizations, including the importance of involving tribal voices in program design.
  • Firsthand experiences from a leader of a home-visiting program in a tribal community in Washington state.
  • Opportunities and barriers to expanding in-home asthma care in Native communities.
Community-based Asthma Management
Moderator: Tracey Mitchell, RRT, AE-C, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Presenters: Matt Siemer and Amy Bain, MSN, APN, CPNP, Mobile Care Chicago, Ian Sheets, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, Ashley Fogarty, MPH, Rhode Island Department of Health
23 May 2019

 

This webinar highlights successful strategies from the 2019 National Environmental Leadership Award Winners. 

Listeners will hear:
•Successful strategies for effective in-home interventions and critical asthma education.
•Innovative and diverse community-based partnerships that can further your program's impact.
•Methods to use data to measure key program outcomes and improve return on investment.
•Models for providing the full continuum of asthma care.
Housing Code Enforcement
Tracey Mitchell, EPA; Amanda Reddy, National Center for Healthy Housing; Robert Curry, City of Dallas, TX
18 December 2018

This webinar highlights how the National Center for Healthy Housing and the City of Dallas, Texas, have worked together to incorporate healthy housing principles into housing codes. The featured speakers will share how proactive infrastructure and partnership strategies have led to improved asthma and other health outcomes in Dallas, which can serve as a model for other communities.

Program Evaluation Basics
Tracey Mitchell, EPA; Erica Marshall, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Anjali Nath, Boston Public Health Commission
11 September 2018

This webinar, the second in a three-part series, features speakers from the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Learn how the Environmental Scoring System has helped their asthma home visiting programs quantitatively assess asthma triggers. In addition to highlighting their evaluation results, our speakers describe the tool’s potential for use in other asthma programs.

Community-based Asthma Management
Tracey Mitchell, EPA; Kimberlee Honda, Pediatric Asthma and Allergy Clinici at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital; Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Community Asthma Prevention Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
22 May 2018

Hear winners of EPA’s 2018 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management share successful strategies for addressing asthma triggers, engaging community health workers and pursuing program sustainability.

Sustainable Financing
Sheila Brown, EPA; Kate Hastings, SCG; Julian Rodriguez-Drix, Rhode Island Department of Health; Eric Armbrecht, Missouri Asthma Prevention and Control Program; Cliff Mitchell, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
3 May 2018

This webinar, the first in a three-part series, focuses on the diverse pathways to reimbursement through Medicaid. The ‘state of reimbursement’ around the country is a trending topic and many program leaders are eager to hear concrete examples about ways they can begin or continue down the path toward sustainable financing. This webinar highlights content that can be used to help participants understand of the various stages of readiness and action, the path each of the speakers has traveled, and what the next steps are for each. Speakers offer lessons learned from their experiences and offer resources to help participants learn more.

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