Reducing Asthma Triggers Keeps Kids Healthy


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Asthma is one of the most serious chronic childhood diseases in the United States, affecting one in seven children nationwide. Over 13 million days of schools are missed each year because of the incidence of asthma in children and more than $56 billion is expended in direct and indirect costs. Nearly 6 million households are affected by hazards that that increase the risk of asthma. Fortunately, by removing and reducing environmental triggers in the home, schools, and community settings, asthma rates can be lowered, making children healthier and ready to learn and succeed.

Please join Congressional Allergy & Asthma Co-Chair, Representative Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) for an educational staff briefing highlighting the latest evidence-based research on environmental triggers such as mold, dust, pests, excessive moisture, animal dander and toxic chemical products that exacerbate asthma conditions in children. Panelists will also address the state of the science as well as measures that can be taken to reduce exposures to triggers in the places that children live, learn and play. The panel will discuss effective federal, state and community-based programs that have been effective in reducing the burden of asthma. Panelists will each give a short presentation and there will be time to answer questions from staff.