Session: Children's Environmental Health - Healthy School Environments: From Policy to Action
4033.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Children's Environmental Health - Healthy School Environments: From Policy to Action
School indoor environments are a primary public health concern; an estimated 55 million people, or 20% of the U.S. population, spend time in school buildings. A survey conducted by the U.S. Government Accounting Office estimated that 30% of the existing school facilities in the U.S. are in need of repair. According to the National Center for Education Statistics of the Department of Education, in 1999, 43% of America’s public schools—about 33,800 schools—reported at least one unsatisfactory environmental condition. Indoor air quality was reported to be unsatisfactory in about 20% of US schools. Public health professionals can play a significant role in facilitating the improvement of the school environment. In this session, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations will present strategies for improving school environments, including school/coomunity partnerships on school indoor air quality; using school indoor air quality as a starting point for implementing a comprehensive school environmental management program; and strategies to address the special concerns of large urban school districts.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will (1) be familiar with environmental risks common in schools, (2) be aware of state policies related to school environments, (3) be able to form an action plan for addressing and facilitating resolution of common environmental challenges in schools.
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Organizer(s):Rebecca Love
Robyn Gilden, RN, MS
Kevin Delaney, MPH
Wendy J. Blumenthal, MPH
Laureen Burton
Kevin McNally, MBA
Moderator(s):Robert Axelrad
8:30 AMSession Overview - Healthy school environments: From policy to action
Robert Axelrad
8:45 AMCalifornia Portable Classrooms Study: Results and Implications
Peggy L. Jenkins, MS, Thomas J. Phillips, MS, Jed Waldman, PhD, Kai-Shen Liu (deceased), PhD, Gerald G. Akland, MS, Roy W. Whitmore, PhD, Andrew C. Clayton, MES
9:00 AMHow to coordinate an effective indoor air quality program
Shelly Rosenblum
9:15 AMIndoor air quality management practices in US schools: Results of the US EPA survey
Alisa Smith
9:30 AMA coordinated program of on-going risk communication, adult and student health surveys, interim intervention, and engineering oversight to manage indoor air quality concerns at a school
Paula Schenck, MPH, Eileen Storey, MD, MPH, John A. Rhodes, MBA, Adam L. Seidner, MD MPH, Anne Bracker, MPH, CIH
9:45 AMDiscussion
Organized by:Environment
Endorsed by:Maternal and Child Health; School Health Education and Services
CE Credits:CME, Environmental Health, Health Education (CHES), Nursing, Pharmacy

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA