To support Surveys, Studies, Research, Investigations, Demonstrations and Special Purpose assistance for community based environmental health efforts relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, and control of air pollution to include such topics as indoor
air quality, indoor environments, indoor air pollution and indoor air pollutants.
Projects should also focus on addressing environmental justice (EJ) and/or disproportionately impacted community concerns.
EJ is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: Activities will support surveys, studies, research, training, outreach, education, investigations or demonstrations performed by organizations that lead to effective outreach strategies to educate key audiences about indoor air pollutants, their associated health risks and encourage effective mitigation and control strategies.
Currently, the Program focuses on several critical aspects of indoor air quality that pose significant risks to public health, and in particular, to children and other disproportionately impacted populations.
Program focus areas include, but are not limited to reducing the exposure of children and others with asthma to indoor triggers that worsen their health condition; promoting the adoption of operation and maintenance practices in schools, homes, and other buildings throughout the nation to reduce the harmful effects of poor indoor air quality on the health of the occupants; promoting voluntary radon testing by homeowners and building operators to identify elevated levels and fix them when they are found as well as working with homebuilders to incorporate radon resistant and improved indoor air quality construction features into new and remodeled homes; and encouraging adult smokers to protect their children from the adverse health effects of environmental exposure to secondhand smoke by making a conscious decision to keep their homes and cars smokefree.