Fwd: Register Now: "Arizona Native American Air Quality and Asthma Triggers Conference" October 25 in Flagstaff
- Begin forwarded message:From: Barbara Spark <Spark.Barbara@...>
Subject: Register Now: "Arizona Native American Air Quality and Asthma Triggers Conference" October 25 in Flagstaff
Date: September 27, 2012 1:18:08 PM MST
To Arizona tribal schools, and all schools serving Native Americans in Arizona:
Join us, and learn simple - often no cost - steps to improve student attendance, health and performance.
Asthma in Native Americans in Arizona is a health issue, and an ENVIRONMENTAL issue. Nationally, asthma is the chronic illness causing the greatest number of lost school days.
Tribal children's asthma rates in Arizona often are twice as high - or higher - than the national average. In some communities, as many as one in five children may be affected. The severity of asthma - or even getting asthma in the first place - can be strongly affected by exposure to pollutants and allergic substances indoors and out.
Asthma control shouldn't just be left to medical treatment. A comprehensive community approach, including environmental controls and community education, is needed to assure the health and well-being of tribal children, adults and elders with asthma.
The "Arizona American Indian Air Quality and Asthma Triggers Conference" presented by the Arizona Native American Asthma Coalition, will bring together representatives of many sectors of tribal society, as well as people from the organizations and agencies which work with them, to learn together from leading experts, share experiences and expertise, and discuss ways in which we can collaborate to make the best use of available resources.
These include simple, low-cost, no-costs steps to ensure that your schools are "asthma friendly."
The training and discussion will be conducted in non-technical language.
See the attached flyer for additional information, or register now at www.nau.edu/iaqtc
WHO SHOULD ATTEND FROM SCHOOLS:
Maintenance, Operations & Environmental Directors
I hope to see you there.
Indoor Air Program Coordinator
USEPA Region 9
Have you joined the national Asthma Community Network? Both organizations and individuals can join.
Join now at http://www.asthmacommunitynetwork.org