2015 Progress Report: Indoor Environment and Emergency Response Health Outcomes

EPA Grant Number: R835749
Title: Indoor Environment and Emergency Response Health Outcomes
Investigators: Uejio, Christopher K , Tamerius, James D
Institution: Florida State University , University of Iowa
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: May 1, 2015 through April 30, 2018 (Extended to April 30, 2020)
Project Period Covered by this Report: May 1, 2015 through April 30,2016
Project Amount: $500,000
RFA: Indoor Air and Climate Change (2014) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , Climate Change , Air


The objectives of this study are to: (1) quantify the relationship between indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity and the built environment; (2) find actionable thresholds linking indoor temperature, humidity, and the built environment to extreme heat (summer) and influenza like illness (winter) distress calls; and (3) project future extreme heat disease burdens or influenza risk related to climatic, demographic, and built environment changes.

Progress Summary:

There is limited evidence directly linking indoor heat exposure to health outcomes. By partnering with Emergency Medical Services, the study design observes indoor conditions of people receiving emergency care. The results suggest people may suffer from hot indoor environments even during “moderate” summer periods.

Future Activities:

The study will complete indoor environmental data collection by the fall of 2016. Data analysis and manuscript writing will begin in 2017.

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Other project views: All 16 publications 6 publications in selected types All 6 journal articles
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Journal Article Uejio CK, Tamerius JD, Vredenburg J, Asaeda G, Issacs DA, Braun J, Quinn A, Freese JP. Summer indoor heat exposure and respiratory and cardiovascular distress calls in New York City, NY, U.S. Indoor Air 2016;26(4):594-604.
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R835749 (2015)
R835749 (2017)
R835749 (2018)
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    Air, ambient air, indoor air, exposure, health effects, human health, vulnerability, sensitive populations, elderly, age, race, viruses, epidemiology, climatology, modeling, monitoring, analytical, climate models, Northeast, Southeast

    Relevant Websites:

    Dr. Christopher Uejio Exit
    James Tamerius | University of Iowa Exit

    Progress and Final Reports:

    Original Abstract
  • 2016 Progress Report
  • 2017 Progress Report
  • 2018 Progress Report
  • Final Report