News for Release: Tuesday, May 1, 2007
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
EPA Honors Maine, Michigan Programs for Serving as National Models for
Cutting-Edge Asthma Care
Contact: Dave Ryan, (202) 564-4355 / email@example.com
(Washington, D.C. - May 1, 2007) Commemorating World Asthma Day -- May 1 -- and
kicking off Asthma Awareness Month, EPA is recognizing two leading asthma
management programs that serve as national models for effective asthma care.
One health plan – Priority Health of Grand Rapids, Mich. – and one
health care provider – MaineHealth of Portland, Maine – have earned
EPA's 2007 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. The
award recognizes innovative approaches these programs use to improve the health
and quality of life for asthmatics in their communities.
"Enjoying cleaner air than just a decade ago, America
is breathing easier because of President Bush's commitment to improving our air
quality," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "As we increase
global awareness this World Asthma Day, EPA welcomes the leadership of Priority
Health and MaineHealth – important partners in our efforts to enhance the
health and quality-of-life of asthma sufferers."
The 2007 award winners will be recognized at the second annual Communities in Action for Asthma-Friendly
Environments National Asthma Forum in Washington, D.C., on May
31. Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and
Radiation will be presenting the awards. The National Forum brings in hundreds
of health plan, health care and community officials for two days of learning
and action planning. Top asthma programs from across the nation share proven
strategies for reducing the burden of asthma at the community-level and show
how to build, evaluate and sustain high-performing programs.
Of approximately 20 million Americans with asthma, more than six million are
children. Asthma is one of the leading causes of emergency room visits,
hospitalizations, and school absenteeism for children. Although there is no
known cure, experts now understand how to deliver asthma care that can
substantially reduce the number of attacks and other adverse impacts.
The 2007 National Environmental Leadership Award winners: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/leadership_award_2007.html
More information about the National Asthma Forum and how to register: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/
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