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AIM Winter 2014 Newsletter

Winter 2014 - In This Issue:
13 - Asthma 123 Facilitator Training Webinar, 9 a.m. to noon, American Lung Association, Emily Lee, 800-232-LUNG

25 - Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., American Lung Association, 1475 E 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI
Patty Inman, 810-931-1425 
Are you a leader in asthma management? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently accepting applications for the 2014 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. Health plans, health care providers, and communities in action (including school-based programs) that have demonstrated success in managing environmental asthma triggers as part of a comprehensive asthma management program should apply to receive recognition for your important work.
Applications due February 3, 2014
For more information, visit www.AsthmaAwards.info
AAFA Michigan Wins Chapter Innovation Award
Congratulations to the AAFA Michigan Chapter for submitting a winning proposal for the AAFA Chapter Innovation Awards! The proposal highlighted their work with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) to create green, healthy, and safe homes for children and families in Detroit and Wayne County. GHHI now plans to expand programming to the Lansing area, with participation by the AAFA Michigan Chapter. Learn more about the AAFA Michigan Chapter.

It's Not Too Late!

People with asthma are at a higher risk for hospitalization and death from the flu. Use the link above to find a vaccination clinic, and get your flu shot today!
Making Your Home Healthy
by Paul Haan
The Healthy Homes model highlights the link between the health of a home and the health of those who live there. It focuses on creating and maintaining a home without pests, poisons, allergens, and injury hazards that can lead to health problems. In Michigan, three Healthy Homes programs service Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Flint with a variety of funding sources.
Getting control of asthma usually takes both the right medicine and avoiding things that trigger symptoms. The Healthy Homes model helps families find and remove common asthma triggers, which can reduce their need for asthma medicine. These strategies are a part of the standard of care for asthma called for in the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's National Asthma Guidelines which says "for successful long-term management of asthma, it is essential to identify and reduce exposures to relevant allergens and irritants and to control other factors that have been shown to increase asthma symptoms and/or precipitate asthma exacerbations."
A Healthy Home should be:
  • DRY: Water can enter the home through leaks from the outside (roofs, walls, or the foundation), leaks from the inside (showers, toilets, or pipes), and condensation. Keep the home dry to avoid mold and mildew.
  • CLEAN: Clean homes help keep out pests, allergens, and toxins. When the home is clean, those who live there are safer and can breathe easier.
  • VENTILATED: When you keep fresh air moving in the home, you reduce the amount of allergens, smoke, mold, and dangerous gases in the air.
  • PEST-FREE: Pests like mice, cockroaches, or bedbugs enter the home looking for food, water, and shelter. They can spread diseases, bring allergens with them, and cause people to use dangerous chemicals to get rid of them. Prevent them from entering the home by removing sources of food and water. Bedbugs can enter the home by hitch hiking on you, in your belongings or on used furniture. Learn more about preventing, finding and getting rid of bedbugs.
  • SAFE: The most common causes of home injury are: falls, poisoning, fires, and burns. By making safe choices during everyday activities in the home, these injuries can be prevented.
  • POISON-FREE: Potentially dangerous chemicals are found in many homes. Lead is found in the paint of many homes built before 1978 and is toxic if swallowed. Other household products such as pesticides and cleaning products may also contain dangerous chemicals that cause serious health problems if not used correctly. Instead,use natural and green cleaning products and integrated pest management.
  • MAINTAINED: No matter how much work you put into your keeping your home safe and healthy, some problems will always develop over time. Regularly checking and safely repairing your home will keep problems from becoming health hazards.
With the exception of keeping it safe, each of these seven principles has a fundamental role to play in eliminating asthma triggers in the home.  To learn more about Healthy Homes visit: www.michigan.gov/healthyhomes
Paul Haan is the founding Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigana community-based non-profit organization formed in 2006 to ensure that no children in west Michigan grow up in substandard housing that negatively impacts their health and development.  
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Burn season is in full swing in Michigan and in many areas across the country. The Environmental Protection Agency's Burn Wise program has developed health and safety outreach materials to help reduce residential wood smoke pollution which can be an asthma trigger. To promote best burn tips, use these resources from the Burn Wise siteweb-ready infographics, social media messages, fast facts, an article template and other tools.