Webinar Invitation: Climate Change and Indoor Air Quality
A Climate and Health Learning Community Event
Friday, June 14, 2019 from 1-2 pm ET
Date and Time
Friday, June 14, 2019 from 1-2 pm ET
(Event begins at 12 pm CT, 11 pm MT, 10 pm PT, and 9 am AK time)

The National Indian Health Board is pleased to announce another Climate and Health Learning Community webinar, Climate Change and Indoor Air Quality.

In this webinar, we will explore three methods for communicating risk and reducing exposure during wildfires. With increasing frequency and severity of wildfires, in addition to ongoing woodsmoke challenges, thousands of Tribal families are impacted by unhealthy ambient and indoor air quality. The Tribal Healthy Homes Network and the Tulalip Tribes will provide new research and practices that they are testing in the field (residential, school and worksite) to protect human health, including:
  1. The use of low-cost, do-it-yourself air cleaners (“box fans”): how to build them, who should have them in their homes, and what the data says about particle reduction and efficacy of air filtration.
  2. The use of low-cost air quality sensors to measure fine particulate levels at both outdoor and indoor sites in your community, and issues with instrument calibration and data display (relative to AQI - Air Quality Index).
  3. The use of strategic, tailored risk communication practices during episodes, including smoke blogs, text alerts, customized public health messages, and expansion of the flag program.

NIHB is pleased to welcome the following individuals as presenters:

Aileen Gagney, MA.rch, GA-C, HHS, DST, CLR
Technical Advisor and Trainer, Tribal Healthy Homes Network

Gillian Gawne-Mittelstaedt, MPA
Director, Tribal Healthy Homes Network
DrPH student, University of Illinois at Chicago

Orly Stampfer, MPH
University of Washington PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

And one additional presenter to be announced!

Please come prepared to ask questions or share your perspectives. The learning community is focused on knowledge and resource exchange and members are encouraged to share information and build relationships with each other and the presenters.

This webinar is hosted as part of the Climate and Health Learning Community and is open to the public. Anyone is also invited to join the learning community to receive information about future events. Signing up for the webinar will add you automatically to the learning community listserv. The learning community is part of the Climate Ready Tribes initiative, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each person who attends at least two learning community events will earn a professional development certificate. Please note that you will need to substantially attend each webinar - at least 45 minutes of a one hour presentation - in order to be counted present. 

This webinar is open to any interested person, but is likely most relevant for anyone who works in or partners with Tribal communities on issues related to climate change, wildfires, indoor air quality, and/or healthy housing. There are also wider themes such as partnership and collaboration which may be of interest and benefit to others.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the range of public health impacts associated with wildfires, how the ambient and indoor environments are affected, and the subsequent risks to health and well-being in Tribal communities;
  • Recognize the different types of air filtration units that can be used to reduce exposure to fine particle air pollution, particularly during wildfires;
  • Explain how low-cost air quality sensors can be employed in the field for monitoring the levels of fine particulates, in both ambient and indoor settings; and
  • Identify risk communication materials and practices that can be adapted for your Tribal community, including messaging, text alerts, the flag program and social media tools. 

Signing up for the webinar will automatically add you to the Climate and Health Learning Community. However, if you are unable to attend the webinar but would like to sign up for the community only, please click the link directly above.
Also, please do not forget our final webinar this spring, taking place on Wednesday, June 19 from 1-2 pm ET: Programs and Resources from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Read more here.

More information on the Climate Ready Tribes project can be found on the NIHB website climate pages and the project fact sheet. If you have any questions about the project or the webinars, please email aaljanabi@nihb.org !
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