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Healthy Heart Collaboration and Developed Toolkit
Cascio, W. Healthy Heart Collaboration and Developed Toolkit. American Public Health Association Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 04 - 08, 2017.
Talk is part of the "Air Pollution and Your Cardiovascular Health" Session at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, November 4-8, 2017
Impact: EPA is raising awareness of heart disease and its link to air pollution and other environmental factors as a partner in Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The talk will provide an up to date review of the evidence linking air pollution exposure and the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Abstract: This session will highlight relevant environmental health programs/research related to the impacts of air pollution on cardiovascular health. The most at-risk populations for air pollution and climate change are older people, particularly those of low socioeconomic status, with established heart and lung disease. The session will aim to answer the questions, “How do we use the research and information available to improve the health of these at-risk populations?”, and “What more do we need to guide public health and healthcare action?” The four-person panel would consist of representatives from federal agencies (CDC/CMS, EPA), and non-profits (American Heart Association), academic institutions, and healthcare organizations. This session will provide a brief synopsis of our current understanding of air pollution’s the adverse health effects, describe the need for a large randomized controlled intervention study to reduce exposure, and will highlight the ongoing efforts to translate, communicate and use research on the impacts of air pollution to educate healthcare providers and public health officials about what they can do to reduce exposures, and improve health and wellbeing among the at-risk population.