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IAQ Tribal Partners Program

Basic Information

Native American and tribal populations bear an excessive burden of poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and asthma. The rate of asthma in the Native American and tribal populations is almost double the national average. Scientific research has found a link between poor IAQ, asthma, and other adverse health effects. It is important to increase awareness among Native American and tribal populations of the health results of poor IAQ and how to improve IAQ in their homes and communities.

The plan is to invite indoor air quality (IAQ) champions working with tribal communities to share innovative approaches, network with others across the nation, and learn about IAQ information and tribal-specific materials.

The goal is to reduce the percentage of Native American and tribal populations exposed to indoor environmental pollutants, such as asthma triggers, secondhand smoke, radon, and indoor wood smoke.

  • Learn about IAQ – This section provides information to educate your community members about the simple actions they can take to improve their IAQ and protect their health. Each IAQ issue area also lists materials, such as fact sheets, flyers, and booklets, which were developed by tribal professionals and EPA.
  • Plan Community Programs – These sections include tips and strategies offered by tribal IAQ champions to plan effective community programs.
  • Network with others across the nation through the Tribal IAQ Directory.
  • Spotlights – Program spotlights are integrated throughout the Website to provide real world examples of innovative approaches to educate tribal communities about IAQ.

The EPA's Indoor Environments Division (IED) is responsible for conducting research and educating the public about indoor environmental issues, including health risks and the means by which human exposures can be reduced. IED educates the public about health risks associated with a variety of indoor environmental pollutants, including radon, secondhand smoke, indoor wood smoke, and other asthma triggers.

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We want your input

Have you planned a successful and sustainable community program? If so, we would like to know. Please send us an e-mail at iaqtribal@epa.gov describing the program, and that program could be highlighted on this site. We will follow up with the program directly to gather more information and permission to use their story.

Asthma Triggers Carbon Monoxide Community Programs Directory of Tribal Champions Innovative Tribal Programs Learn about IAQ Working with the Media Moisture/Mold Other Pollutants Radon Programs in Schools Secondhand Smoke Wood Smoke Indoor Air Quality

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Comments? Questions? Innovative approaches or materials you would like to share? Please send e-mail us at iaqtribal@epa.gov. Would you like to receive regular updates by e-mail from the EPA Indoor Air Quality Tribal Program?  Please send us an e-mail at iaqtribal@epa.gov to subscribe today.

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