Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) April 30, 2014
Local and national asthma experts will convene in Pittsburgh on May 15 and 16 for a third regional summit on air quality and the role it plays in the high prevalence of asthma in western Pennsylvania communities.
Organized by Allegheny Health Network and the Breathe Project, with the support of The Heinz Endowments and the Suburban Health Foundation, “The Air We Breathe: A Regional Summit on Asthma In Our Community” will be held at the Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) George Magovern, MD, Conference Center, part of the Allegheny Health Network.
The Summit’s keynote speaker Polly Hoppin, ScD, Director of the Environmental Health Program at the Lowell (Mass.) Center for Sustainable Production, will address strategies for primary prevention of asthma and designing a roadmap to reduce the incidence of the disease. A former senior adviser in the Clinton administration, Dr. Hoppin is nationally known for her research in environmental public health problems and solutions, including environmental investments that can reduce the burden of asthma.
Dr. Hoppin’s presentation will take place from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on May 16.
“The Pittsburgh region remains challenged by some of the nation’s highest registered airborne particle pollution levels,” said Deborah Gentile, MD, Director of Research, in AGH’s Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Many studies have has shown that such pollution has a wide-ranging and serious impact on a community’s health.”
“We believe that by working together as a community on issues such as air quality, health literacy and preventive strategies, we can find better solutions to the asthma epidemic,” Dr. Gentile said.
Topics and presenters at the Summit will include:
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
The Regional Summit on Asthma in Our Community is intended for internal medicine and family practice physicians, pediatricians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, asthma specialists, public health specialists, community leaders and residents who are interested in learning more about asthma and air quality, including parents, school nurses, administrators and teachers.
Those who wish to attend the Summit or who require more information can contact the AGH Continuing Medical Education office by calling (412) 359-4952 or by e-mail: rmiglior(at)wpahs(dot)org.