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EPA and HUD Host Southeast Regional Asthma Summit

Contact Information: 
Jason McDonald (mcdonald.jason@epa.gov)

(ATLANTA) – On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host the Southeast Regional Asthma Summit to raise awareness throughout communities that asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic disease that can be controlled.  Asthma is a major public health issue, affecting nearly 24 million people and disproportionately affecting low-income and minority communities.

Who:    Heather McTeer Toney
Southeast Regional Administrator
US Environmental Protection Agency           

Ed Jennings, Jr.
Regional Administrator, Region IV
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Sharon L. Ricks
Acting Regional Health Administrator, Region IV
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services           

What:   Southeast Regional Asthma Summit

When: May 17, 2016
            9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
            Bridge Conference Rooms
            61 Forsyth Street 
            Atlanta, GA 30303

Asthma sufferers can take some important actions to help control their symptoms and still maintain active lifestyles with three simple steps: Identify and avoid environmental asthma triggers; create an Asthma Action Plan with help from your doctor; and pay attention to your local air quality conditions through the http://airnow.gov website and Air Quality Index app for your smart phone. 

To learn more about preventing asthma attacks, go to www.epa.gov/asthma

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