January 30, 2014
CDC Study Shows Great Progress in School IAQ Management and Physical Environment
February 27, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.
Does your school or school district have policies and practices in place to promote student health and academic performance? Are you interested in learning more about the policies being used in tens of thousands of school districts across the country to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment?
The results of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS) show that school districts across the country continue to make great progress in implementing indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs and other critical IAQ initiatives, such as bus engine idling reduction programs, green design policies, and mold and moisture response procedures. At the same time, the study found that there is still much room for improvement to ensure schools are healthy and safe learning environments. EPA estimates that 25 million children in the 60,000 schools without IAQ programs are left vulnerable to the potential health impacts of poor IAQ.
Attend this webinar to:
- Understand the key findings from the 2012 study, the fourth in a series, which collected data on school health policies and practices at the state and district level, including a significant increase in the number of schools with IAQ management programs in place, since 2006.
- Hear about the progress districts have made in implementing IAQ management programs and other initiatives, and how the vast majority of these districts (more that 82 percent) used EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools guidance to direct their efforts.
- Gather statistics that could help you in communicating the value and importance of IAQ management and continued IAQ training opportunities to your school community and key decision-makers.
- Learn about the most common IAQ initiatives nationwide, and areas in which work remains to be done, including pest management, ventilation standards and smoke-free environments.
- Get information on state initiatives and other potential funding, training and technical assistance opportunities that can help you start, expand or maintain successful IAQ management programs today.
- Sherry Everett Jones, PhD, MPH, JD, U.S. CDC. Sherry Everett Jones has been a Health Scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1996. She has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and CDC reports. Dr. Jones’s primary areas of interest are the use of school-based research to measure both adolescent risk behaviors and health promoting school policies and practices, the influence of school and community design on health and academic achievement, and the role of law in promoting the public’s health.
- Brenda Doroski, U.S. EPA Headquarters, Indoor Environments Division. Brenda Doroski is the Director of the Center for Asthma and Schools in EPA’s Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Indoor Environments Division. She currently leads EPA’s asthma, schools and international cookstoves programs to improve health, livelihood, and quality of life by reducing exposure to indoor air pollution. During her more than twenty years with the U.S. Peace Corps and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Brenda has developed and led several important international and domestic health and environmental programs.
Take advantage of the opportunity to have your specific questions and interests addressed during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by February 24, 2014.
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Please note: This webinar will last approximately 60 minutes. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants. Call-in information will be provided upon registration.
If you have any questions about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com.
The IAQ Tools for Schools guidance is a comprehensive resource designed to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance at http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.