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Three State Projects to Help Children “Catch their Breath”
Release Date: 11/13/2003
Wanda Loving 202-564-7822 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(11/13/03) Three states will conduct pilot projects to implement “Catching Your Breath: Strategies to Reduce Environmental Factors that Contribute to Asthma in Children.” Environment and health agencies in California, Wisconsin and Wyoming were awarded a total of $100,000 in September to address environmental triggers of childhood asthma. California ($36,500) will identify model policies and procedures to reduce environmental triggers of asthma, focusing on where children spend most of their time. Wisconsin ($33,500) will integrate health and environmental data related to childhood asthma into a statewide communication system that will be made available to local public health agencies. Wyoming ( $30,000) will look at the relationship between particulate pollution and pediatric asthma, and will educate parents, school personnel and health professionals about that relationship as it relates to asthma management. The “Catching Your Breath” project is a joint activity of the Environmental Council of the States and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and is funded through a cooperative agreement with EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The full report can be found at: http://www.astho.org/pubs/CatchingYourBreathReport.pdf.