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Home Environment & Asthma

Online training for home environmental triggers of asthma

Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma in the Home

This online training is designed for public health nurses, certified asthma educators, and anyone else interested in learning more about reducing
asthma triggers in the home.

Two-part Training:

Part 1: 40 minute Training - includes a walk-through home assessment exercise to explain steps to reduce or eliminate triggers.

  • Review indoor triggers
  • How to identify these triggers
  • Steps to reduce these triggers

Part 2: Resource Section - includes printable information on topics covered in the video and tools to use while conducting a home assessment.

Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma
Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma (RETA) was a MDH Asthma Program project that addressed environmental factors in the homes of
children with asthma using inexpensive, uncomplicated interventions.


MDH Educational Asthma Trigger Information:

Environmental Protection Agency Asthma Triggers Environmental Protection Agency
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has several publications on the common environmental triggers of asthma found in homes.

EPA Asthma Publications

  • “Clearing the Air of Asthma Triggers: 10 Steps to Making Your Home Asthma-Friendly” is a one-page, step-by-step fact sheet that provides helpful hints for managing environmental triggers of asthma.
    English (PDF)

    Spanish (PDF)
  • Clear Your Home of Asthma Triggers: Your Children Will Breathe Easier” focuses on the five common environmental triggers of secondhand smoke, dust, pets, mold, and pests.
    English (PDF)

    Spanish (PDF)
  • Fact Sheet (PDF): National Survey on Environmental Management of Asthma and Children's Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke.

Mold is a common environmental trigger for asthma. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a free Mold Web Course that features information on mold prevention and remediation. The course is based on the EPA voluntary guidance document Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings and includes an "Image Library" of mold and moisture photos that may be used for presentations and educational purposes. The target audience is environmental and public health professionals, but anyone can learn from the course.

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 02:29PM