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EPA Workshop at Morehouse School of Medicine to Focus on New Study of Successful Asthma Programs

Release Date: 05/23/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421,

(Atlanta, Ga. – May 23, 2007) - In recognition of Asthma Awareness Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a workshop at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia on the Asthma Health Outcomes Project (AHOP), a recently completed landmark study sponsored by EPA and conducted by the University of Michigan. The study found that asthma programs that address environmental triggers work best to improve health outcomes such as reduced emergency room visits, improved quality of life, and fewer missed days of school or work when they build strong connections with front-line health care providers and local communities. The study’s findings will be described and strategies that community-based asthma programs are using to improve health outcomes in their communities will be discussed. Attendees will include first year medical students, residents, faculty and staff.

Who: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

When: Thursday, May 24, 2007 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Where: Morehouse School of Medicine
Room 306/317
National Center for Primary Care
Atlanta, Georgia

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma symptoms vary over time, and also from individual to individual. For more information about the Asthma Health Outcomes Project, visit and for asthma information, visit