Indoor Air Quality Project 2013-2015
Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) through guidance and support from the EPA
CARE-Air Quality is designed to build capacity (training and education) and provide service coordination to promote healthy indoor environments in homes, schools and child care settings. We are educating school nurses and staff, home health care providers, health care professionals, student nurses and early childhood educators to train, do outreach and demonstrate projects that seek to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and asthma triggers (dust, mold, second hand smoke and smoke from wood burning stoves).
Asthma has been identified as one of the top five priority concerns from community members who participated in the SLVEC valley-wide CARE Level 1 outreach for prioritizing environmental health risks.
The Four Pillar Program
1. Workforce Training on Indoor Air Quality
Train Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s) to attain the necessary knowledge and skill to incorporate an initial assessment/screen of the home. If issues are identified then to provide education, support materials and appropriate follow up referrals. Skills were shared for the identification of asthma triggers and exposure avoidance. Outreach education was introduced to directors, teachers and early Headstart Family Partnership Manager.
2. School-Based Asthma Management Program
3. Home Assessment
4. Capacity Building through Community Partnerships and Community Education
Below you can find background information, methods of testing, screening and education about airborn hazzards and results of testing and surveys already conducted.
Information and Background Materials
Teen Smoking Concerns/ Tobacco Cessation
Here is the phone number for Help to Quit Smoking - Call Lizzie Gallardo, Tobacco Navigator, 719-587-6334
Other Materials, Hand Outs and Presentations
Testing and Surveys