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Enviro-Mich message from RC
"Enjoying cleaner air than just a decade ago, America
is breathing easier because of President Bush's commitment to improving
our air quality"
That's a joke, right? Huh? Or is that sarcasm...
Didn't Michigan just have its earliest 'air alert' recently?
I went through serious sports induced asthma many years ago and it's
frightening when you can't breath. I never valued clean air and breathing
more than after those spells that I endured... It's amazing that
something so fundamental and elemental that others take so much for
granted can be such a stresser and cause so many problems.
Oh, Priority Health is a health insurance company. Here I thought that
Priority Health was something to do with MI government. From their
website: "Priority Health consistently beats the national average in
containing health care costs.". Hardly an endorsement for effective
medical care... The medical directory is a family practice physician,
Sorry for the impertinence and suspicion but why is the EPA rating health
insurance companies? Shouldn't this come from the CDC or HHS?
At 12:33 PM 5/3/2007, Rita Jack wrote:
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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
"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
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
The 2007 National Environmental Leadership Award winners:
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