Indiana Department of Environmental Management Childcare Program The IDEM’s Community Environmental Health Program offers programs focused on reaching our most vulnerable population where they play and learn and grow. The program focuses on educating parents, schools, and care givers about reducing exposures to environmental health hazards found in schools and child care settings. These environmental health threats include diesel exhaust, mercury, pesticides, radon, lead, PCB’s and more. The 5 Star Environmental Recognition Program for Child Care Providers and the Green Steps for Schools programs recognize that the most important natural resources we protect are not only the air, water or land, but ultimately our children.
Indiana State Dept of Health Indoor Air Quality RuleThe IAQ Rule 410 IAC 33, was written as a means to compliment the Indiana sanitary schoolhouse rule which was passed in 2007. The IAQ rule was open for comments and passed in 2010 and was set to be implemented statewide in May 2011. The IAQ coordinator is to be the main point of contact for the school corporation when parents, teachers, other staff or state inspectors has questions concerning air related issues within the corporation. The IAQ coordinator is to implement all aspects required of the rule including idling, animals, temperature, humidity, chemical selection, cleaning, maintenance, etc. This rule covers all schools, to include public, private, magnet and parochial schools, and all state agencies statewide.
Indiana Healthy Homes Alliance
The Indiana Healthy Homes Alliance (IHHA) is collaboration of state and local agencies and non-profit organizations that work to promote Healthy Housing for all of Indiana's residents. The IHHA is a program under Improving Kids' Environment, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on children's environmental health. The IHHA holds its meetings on the third Thursday of every month at the Improving Kids' Environment's office from 9:00AM until 11:00AM. Meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested in promotion of Healthy Housing is invited to attend.
Environmental Protection Agency Asthma page The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes scientific understanding of environmental asthma triggers and ways to manage asthma in community settings through research, education and outreach. With federal, state and local partners, they are building the nation's capacity to control asthma and manage exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants linked to asthma. The EPA’s purpose is to build knowledge and awareness to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans with asthma. Their webpage features information on the no attacks program, air quality, burn wise program and environmental asthma triggers. You can also sign up for the Air Quality Index (AQI) forecast listserv to view the AQI forecast in your area.
Work Related Asthma Work-related asthma accounts for at least 10 percent of all cases of adult asthma. Work-related asthma includes work aggravation of preexisting asthma and new-onset asthma induced by occupational exposure. Occupational exposure to very high concentrations of an irritant substance can produce reactive airway dysfunction syndrome, while exposure to allergenic substances can result in allergic occupational asthma.
For more information regarding work related asthma visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the American Academy of Family Physicians.
NW Indiana Wood Stove Change Out Program
The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest has partnered with Dominion Energy, Inc (DEI) to provide the NW Indiana Wood Stove Change Out Program. This program provides up to $4,000 in instant rebates for residents in certain Illinois and Indiana counties who change out or retrofit their older, high-emissions wood burning boilers, stoves, and fireplaces with more efficient, EPA-approved appliances. Because older appliances release more particulate air emissions and cause more air pollution, they have a higher adverse effect on lung health. Both the homeowner and their neighbors benefit from a cleaner-burning appliance and can enjoy breathing fresher air. Applies only to residents of NW Indiana residing in the Jasper, Lake, Newton, or Porter counties.
Clean Air Car Check
Clean Air Car Check is helping Indiana make steady progres toward reducing the emissions of pollutants from industry, motor vehicles and other activities that contribute to the formation of ground level ozone in Lake and Porter counties.
Cars and light-duty trucks contribute 30 - 50 percent of the pollutants that cause harmful ground-level ozone and also contribute significantly to the amount of air toxics and particulate matter in the environment. The Clean Air Car Check program identifies vehicles that emit harmful pollutants and once repaired, those vehicles' performance and fuel economy are improved, as is the air we breathe. Properly maintained vehicles also result in less contamination being released into the groundwater.
Seven Principles for a Healthy Home
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development believes our communities should make homes available to families that are affordable and healthy. "Healthy Homes" is a century-old concept that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease and injury. There is a lot of emerging scientific evidence linking health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, and unintentional injuries to substandard housing.
American Lung Association State of the Air
American Lung Association State of the Air. What is the report card for Indiana?