Join Women for a Healthy Environment on Thursday, October 6th at the David Lawrence Convention Center for the Creating Healthy Communities conference, sponsored in part by The Highmark Foundation. This conference will highlight dynamic nationally-known and respected keynote speakers addressing the connections between our health, community, and environment. Attend, receive continuing education credits, and learn how to empower your community for a better tomorrow. Register here.
Air quality is a public health issue. The World Health Organization has indicated that air pollution is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide. It affects brain development and has been linked to cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases, cardiac impacts and stroke. Children are especially vulnerable to health effects of air pollution. Recent studies have indicated that the risk of psychiatric disorders in children increases where air has a slightly higher concentration of nitrogen dioxide. The World Health Organization calls air pollution one of the most serious health threats and links poor air quality to neurological disorders, mental health issues, and impaired cognitive function. We live in a non-attainment area, which means air pollution levels persistently exceed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This is a threat to public health that impacts all of the city’s residents. Read more about Air Quality and Public Health here.
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