Resources for state health and environment agencies working together to reduce asthma in children. Sponsored by ECOS.

A Conference for Leaders of State Environment and Health Agencies

August 7 - 8, 2001, Holiday Inn On the Bay, San Diego California

Sponsored by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and State of California Environmental Protection Agency, with funding provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

August 7 (Tuesday)

7:30   Registration and continental breakfast - foyer in front of Pacific Room

8:30   Welcome - Pacific Room

Michele Brown, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Lisa Waddell, MD MPH, Deputy Commissioner for Health Services, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

8:50   Opening session - Pacific Room

Ramona Travato, Director, Office of Children's Health Protection, US Environmental Protection Agency
Philip Landrigan, MD MSc, Professor of Pediatrics and Chair, Center for Children's Health and the Environment, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

9:30   Comments from the host state of California

Grantland Johnson, Secretary, California Department of Health Services
Winston H. Hickox,
Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency

10:00 Conference logistics

Amy D. Kyle, meeting facilitator

10:15 Break

10:30  Status of asthma - Pacific Room

Steve Redd, MD, Chief, Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

11:00 Discussion (plenary)

11:10 Environmental factors and triggers: indoor and outdoor

Helene Margolis, Assistant Director, Children's Environmental Health Center, California Environmental Protection Agency
Discussant: Allen Dearry, PhD, Chief, Chemical Exposures and Molecular Biology Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

11:50  Discussion (plenary)

12:00  Working Lunch - Harborside Room

Brief summary: elements of programs to address asthma in children

Claire H. Prince JD, Office of Environmental Quality Control, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Discussant: Peter Simon, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Rhode Island Department of Health

1:30    State Approaches to Childhood Asthma

Moderator: Kristin Ryan, MS, Outreach Coordinator, Department of Environmental Conservation, State of Alaska

William Service, MSPH, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, North Carolina Division Public Health, Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch
Casey Herget, Asthma Program Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health

Carmine DiBattista, Chief, Bureau of Air Management, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Mary Lou Fleissner, DrPH, Director of Environmental Epidemiology and Occupational Health Division, Connecticut Department of Public Health

Paula Smith, Director of Planning and Assessment Office, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Tamara Johnson, Children's Environmental Health Coordinator, Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Rick Rumba, Air Toxics Program Manager, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Northeast States Regional Asthma Program

3:00      Panel:  Defining a vision and action agenda: how state environment and health authorities can collaborate to achieve results

Lisa Waddell, MD, MPH, Deputy Commissioner for Health Services, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
David Word, Assistant Director, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division
Robert L. Wahl, DVM, MS, Environmental Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Community Health
Discussant: Cassandra Welch, Director of Field Advocacy and Special Projects, American Lung Association

3:30   Discussion (plenary)

3:45   Break

4:00  Breakout sessions: envisioning solutions; opportunities for joint action. Consider draft of the vision statement and action agenda.

5:00  Report back from each group:  what is in the draft, what is not?  What is most important to do and where do greatest opportunities lie?

5:30  Adjourn plenary session for the evening. Social hour follows at the hotel.

August 8 (Wednesday)

8:00  Welcome and charge for the second day

Michele Brown, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Lisa Waddell, MD, Deputy Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

8:10  Presentation of revised vision statement and action agenda (revised from breakout sessions). 

Writing Committee and conference facilitator

8:30   Comments from discussants

Carlos Porras, Executive Director, Citizens for a Better Environment, Los Angeles

Jim O'Hara, MA, Executive Director, Health Track

Doriane C. Miller, MD, Program Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mary Smith, Director, Indoor Environments Division, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S., Environmental Protection Agency

9:30   State Panel: Perspectives on the vision statement and opportunities for joint action

Michele Brown, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Henry Anderson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
Nancy Sutley, Deputy Secretary for Policy and Intergovernmental Relations, California Environmental Protection Agency
Eileen Yamada, MD, MPH, California Department of Health Services

10:00 Discussion (plenary)

10:15  Break

10:30  Return to breakout groups to review revised draft and consider additional comments; develop final proposals

11:30  Report back from breakout sessions

12:00 Group synthesis and action

1:00   Adjourn Plenary Session.

An optional presentation from the California Air Resources Board about community air monitoring programs will follow.


Conference participants need to register for the conference with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS).  Information about the conference is available at the ECOS web site, along with registration materials (  Funding is available to support two participants from states, one from the health authority and one from the environment authority.  Policy leaders from state agencies are invited to the conference.


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