From Home to School: Tribal Indoor Air Quality Intervention StudyEPA Grant Number: R835596
Title: From Home to School: Tribal Indoor Air Quality Intervention Study
Investigators: Shaughnessy, Richard J , Khan, Sohail
Institution: University of Tulsa , Cherokee Nation Environmental Program and Health Services , Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals , Navajo Nation - EPA and Dept. of Diné Education , Nimiipuu Health , University of Oklahoma
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2018
Project Amount: $919,988
RFA: Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes (2013) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Tribal Environmental Health Research , Health
By improving indoor air quality (IAQ) and reducing environmental asthma triggers this study intends to reduce asthma symptoms related to tribal home-&-school childhood exposures. The study will demonstrate the importance of a total exposure approach based on traditional ecological knowledge (TEK). TEK from 3 tribes in different regions/climates will refine education, source control of allergens by targeted cleaning and other asthma trigger removal activities, ventilation and air cleaning interventions that reduce asthma triggers.
Observational pre-test/post-test study with matched case-control to determine impact of asthma trigger reduction interventions on asthma symptom days. The interventions are based on developing a deeper understanding and respect for the living and non-living interactions in and between school and home environments that is the hallmark of TEK. The attention to both school and home environments will embody a more complete profile of total exposure of the tribal children throughout the day.
The number of days that tribal school children with asthma are absent from school each year are expected to decrease 45% or 2.5 days because of fewer asthma symptom days.