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.).

Schools and Asthma
Tracey Mitchell (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Kim Tierney (Multnomah County Health Department), Drs. Steven Dziabis and Allen Frommelt (Peach State Health Plan), May Chin and Sherry Dong (Tufts Medical Center).
20 May 2014

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.

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.

Communities in Action: Leadership Voices Sharing Best Practices
Tracy Enger (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Dr. Dorr Dearborn (Mary Ann Swetland Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University), Stuart Greenberg (Environmental Health Watch)
19 March 2013

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.

Housing Code Enforcement
Boston's Breathe Easy at Home (BEAH)
5 March 2009

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.

Panelists included:

* 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

MCAN
Dr. Floyd Malveaux (The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc.), Dr. Leonard Jack (Xavier University of Louisiana), Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), and Yolanda Cuevas (Los Angeles Unified School District)
13 April 2011

Representatives from The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) program sites explain the challenges, opportunities, and successes in implementing community-based asthma management.

MCAN
Dr. Floyd Malveaux (The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc.)
23 August 2011

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.

Communities in Action: Leadership Voices Sharing Best Practices
Tracy Enger (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Dr. James Krieger (Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section of Public Health, Seattle and King County, WA.), and Mr. Joel Gregory (King County Housing Authority, WA)
17 September 2014

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.

Investing in Best Practices for Asthma
Shawn M. Garvin (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Lauren Gordon (Mid-Atlantic for Children's Health and the Environment), Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens (Community Asthma Prevention Program, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia), Dr. Kevin C. Osterhoudt (Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment)
17 May 2012

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.

Medical Legal Housing
Megan Sandel (National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership), Samantha Morton (Medical-Legal Partnership) and Marcia Peters (Medical-Legal Partnership)
15 June 2010

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.

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