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Asthma/Clean Air Act Report to Show Likely Impact Congress Blocks Pollution Limit Updates

Asthma/Clean Air Act Report to Show Likely Impact Congress Blocks Pollution Limit Updates

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Illinois Among 10 Featured States in Analysis by Nurses/Other Health Care Professional Groups

What will happen to the asthma epidemic in Illinois and related fast-rising health care and other costs if Congress decides to block needed updates to the Clean Air Act?

That important public health question is tackled in a major first-ever report by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), The National Association of School Nurses, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE). The report relies on asthma prevalence and cost data from the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other researchers.

The HCWH/NASN/ANHE/ analysis outlines the cost of asthma for Illinois, including: total asthma cases; pediatric asthma cases; prescription costs; pediatric emergency room visits; and other medical costs. In addition to statewide data, information also is provided on a county-by-county basis for Illinois.

WHO:      
Brenda Afzal, RN, MS, U.S. Climate Policy Coordinator of Health Care Without Harm; Sandi Delack, RN, BSN, MEd, NCSN, President, National Association of School Nurses; andBarbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, Chairperson, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.

WHEN:     
Wednesday, April 6, 2011    

TIME:       
Noon Central Daylight Time

CALL-IN INFORMATION: Join the live, phone-based Illinois news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at Noon CDT on April 6, 2011 by dialing (800) 860-2442. Ask for the “asthma/impact of Congress” news event.

CAN’T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the Illinois news event will be available on the Web at http://www.noharm.org as of 5 p.m. CDT on April 6, 2011.