Healthy Air Training
Medical Advocates for Healthy Air supplements medical and health education programs with specialized training on the health impacts of air pollution and climate change. This training is delivered to medical residency programs at Levine Children’s Hospital and Duke University Medical Center, at grand rounds and AHEC (Area Health Education Center) events, and other venues. It helps professionals understand the composition and sources of air pollution, the health outcomes and opportunities for anticipatory guidance, and solutions and advocacy actions where MAHA members can make an impact.
To view a CME/CEU-certified training on medical health consequences hosted by Charlotte AHEC, register here.
Upcoming CME/CEU-certified presentations:
- Healthy Air Lets Kids Run, Play and Learn: How You Can Help Ensure Healthy Air for Optimal Child Development. North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association, March 9, 2017, Chapel Hill
- Climate Change & Health, March 23, 2017, East Carolina University
To schedule a presentation, please contact MAHA manager Laura Wenzel, MSW, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-428-6296.
Protecting Patient Health
Certain patients are more vulnerable to adverse impacts of exposure to air pollution. These include:
- Pregnant Women
- People with respiratory illnesses, including allergies
- People with cardiovascular disease
- Psychiatric patients
- Outdoor workers
- Athletes who train or compete outdoors
- African Americans
- People from low-income communities
- Elderly patients
Anticipatory guidance is an important tool for helping these patients avoid exposure to air pollution. Advice can include:
- Following the Air Quality Index
- Reduce outdoor activity level when AQI is high
- Avoid wood burning – including single burn-rate wood stoves and pre-2016 wood-fired forced air furnaces
- Close vents in cars in traffic
- Use HEPA air filters
The EPA and the CDC have a number of fact sheets, brochures, apps and websites that can help inform you and your patients about how to avoid unhealthy air.
- Heart health handouts: https://www.epa.gov/air-research/healthy-heart-toolkit-and-research
- Asthma handout: https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/asthma-flyer.pdf
- Ozone: Ozone and Your Patients’ Health Training
- Particulate Matter
- Air Toxics: https://www.epa.gov/haps
- Extreme Heat and the Elderly: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-08/documents/print_heat-illness-2016.pdf
- CDC Course : Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit
Air Quality Index
The Air Quality Index is one of the most important tools for reducing exposure to air pollution. This index reports daily air quality and what associated health effects might be a concern. You can obtain posters and handouts of the color codes from the NC Division of Air Quality. You and your patients can get the forecast air quality for today and tomorrow sent to your email each day, and you can check it through apps online and on your phone.
In partnership with Moms Clean Air Force and Mothers & Others for Clean Air, MAHA has developed trainings on working with the media and with state legislators.
- How Does Government Work?
In this webinar, we discuss the structure of our government and how it works.
- Your Voice Matters! Ways You Can Advocate
Learn important tips on communicating your story to your elected officials and other ways you can make a difference.
- How to Talk with Elected Officials
This video explores the advocacy tactic of meeting with policy makers.
- Media Engagement
This webinar discusses strategies on speaking with the press.