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EPA Cites Five Programs as National Models for Asthma Care

Release Date: 06/04/2009
Contact Information: Dave Ryan (News Media Only) 202-564-7827 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON - EPA is today recognizing five asthma management programs as national models for effective asthma care at the National Asthma Forum in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes innovative approaches the programs use to successfully improve the lives of asthma patients in their communities. The approaches are proven to deliver results through strong collaborations and community ties, integrated health care services, committed leadership, and effective environmental management.

“Asthma is a public health issue, an economic issue, and an environmental issue that touches entire communities,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “This year’s award winners are leading the way towards real solutions, and giving hope to the millions of Americans – many of them children – who battle asthma. We have a long way to go, but with the innovation and hard work of these winners, we are making progress.”

The following programs have earned EPA’s 2009 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management:

The Seton Asthma Center (Austin, Texas)
Boston Medical Center and Boston Public Health Commission (Massachusetts)
Genesee County Asthma Network (Flint, Mich.)
The Asthma Initiative of the Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community (Pennsylvania)
The California Department of Public Health and Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The National Asthma Forum serves as the premier event for EPA’s Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly Environments campaign to mobilize and equip 1,000 communities to lead the nation in the delivery of quality asthma care. Through the campaign, EPA supports a network of community-based asthma programs with tools and technical assistance to drive learning and ongoing improvement of asthma care.

More information on EPA’s asthma program and the forum:

EPA Green Scene video on asthma awareness: