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States Focus Attention on Reducing Environmental Triggers of Children Asthma

Release Date: 09/17/2003
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Wanda Loving 202-564-7822 /

(09/17/03) The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recently released a report, “Catching Your Breath: Strategies to Reduce Environmental Factors that Contribute to Asthma in Children.” The report was developed under cooperative agreements with EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and builds on several years of work by ECOS, ASTHO, and their state members to develop state capacity in this area. Asthma is a major public health problem of increasing importance to state health and environmental agencies. “Catching Your Breath” identifies six areas of opportunity for state involvement in the national action agenda. It highlights concrete, workable steps states can take to decrease environmental factors contributing to asthma in indoor home environments, schools and childcare facilities, and outdoor environments. Additionally, the action agenda discusses the collection, use, and integration of state health and environmental data and calls for a continuing focus on research. To obtain an electronic version of the report or summary, go to: www.ecos.rog or .