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Urban Air Quality and Respiratory Health Joint Initiative

Content and slides created to describe a joint initiative between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Department of Health to address the adverse health outcomes related to air pollution. Audience was staff, supervisors, managers and assistant commissioners.

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Urban Air Quality and Respiratory Health Joint Initiative

  1. 1. Urban Air Quality and Respiratory Health Joint Initiative: Riding towards good outcomes MPCA Air Quality Forum Chris Pulley Air Quality/Health Coordinator March 27, 2014
  2. 2. Bike Story 2
  3. 3. Why Are We Riding?  2013 Legislature  MPCA and MDH Mission  Air quality affects health, but how?  One of many factors  Steer us to…  Community engagement 3
  4. 4. Who’s Riding?  MPCA Staff  Air Assessment Section  EJ Coordinator  MDH Staff  Environmental Surveillance and Assessment Section  Chronic Disease & Environmental Epidemiology Section 4
  5. 5. What Tools Are We Using On Our Ride?  Technical Report – due October 2014  Community Toolkit – due October 2014  Health Impact Assessment – due June 2015  Final Report to Legislature – due June 2015 5
  6. 6. Technical Report – Twin Cities Air Pollution and Health Report  Based on NYC Report - Air Pollution and the Health of New Yorkers: The Impact of Fine Particles and Ozone  Zip-code level data in 7-county metro area • Air quality data – MPCA • Health incidence data – asthma, COPD, cardiovascular (MDH)  BenMAP – health impacts from different scenarios  Results – health impacts, demographic data 6
  7. 7. Community Toolkit  Audience: community stakeholders  State, local and nonprofit resources  Disease management and impact reduction  Air quality, asthma, COPD, smoking cessation, environmental tobacco smoke 7
  8. 8. Health Impact Assessment  Inform decision-makers about the effects of any policy, program or project on the health of people  Environmental - one of many factors  Nexus – community engagement 8
  9. 9. When We Will Arrive?  Final report due to Legislature – June 2015  Appropriate and effective agency roles for MPCA and MDH  Recommendations for high leverage issues/strategies 9

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