Medical Advocates for Healthy Air
Medical professionals have an important role to play in our quest for clean air. Medical Advocates for Healthy Air (MAHA) is a group of health professionals who educate their patients and other practitioners about the connection between poor air quality and disease. MAHA members also advocate for stronger policies that will restore clean and healthy air to North Carolina.
If you are a medical or health professional, get involved at:
Calling for Clean Air Policies that Protect Public Health
MAHA provides in-person and written testimony to government agencies, submits articles for publication, and prepares “sign-on” letters on air quality and climate change. Working in rural clinics, urban hospitals and medical offices across the state, health professionals see the growing impact ozone pollution, fine particulates, and air toxics have on North Carolinians. MAHA is committed to reducing that impact through advocacy, education and partnerships.
Medical Office Air Awareness Program
The Medical Office Air Awareness Program strives to inform both patients and medical staff about air quality and its potential effects on health. This is an urgent problem, especially in the Charlotte region, as the American Lung Association (ALA) ranked the city as the 27th smoggiest city in the country in 2014. Knowing the daily code can help those with asthma and allergies better plan their outdoor activities on high ozone days (code orange, red, and purple). MAHA provides educational material and support for medical offices and their patients.
Pediatric Resident Air Quality Training
Since 2012, MAHA has delivered a specially designed air quality and health program to pediatric residents at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. In September 2014, we began training residents at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine. These one-hour presentations allow us to share research linking air quality to poor health and how important good air quality is for patient health. This is particularly true with pediatric patients, whose lungs are still developing and are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.
To learn more, visit the website at www.medicaladvocatesforhealthyair.org.