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IAQTC: Asthma Education

Asthma Webinar
Date: May 16, 2013, Thursday
Time: 1:00 pm Arizona Time (noon AKDT, 1:00 PDT, 2:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm CDT, 4:00 pm EDT

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Many tribal communities have high rates of asthma. Asthma is a unique medical condition that compels both medical treatment and environmental mitigation. Ongoing research will help us gain a better understanding of asthma and how to prevent. Meanwhile, we can reduce asthma triggers in our communities, resulting in reduced medical costs and enhanced quality of life.

Agenda: Mansel Nelson, Program Coordinator, Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities (IAQTC)

Gillian Mittelstaedt, Director, Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest

Barbara Allen, University Extension Agent, Housing and Environmental Health Program

Angela Porter, Nurse, Nez Perce Medical Clinic

Nicole Paredes, Open Airways in Schools, American Lung Association

Cristina Gonzalez-Maddux, Research Specialist, IAQTC

Gillian D. Mittelstaedt, MPA
Gillian Mittelstaedt is Director of Tribal Healthy Homes Northwest, a consortia of tribes who work to reduce indoor exposures. Since 1992, Gillian has worked with tribes, regionally and nationally, to reduce environmental exposures and improve health outcomes. Her field work and passion is serving the Tulalip Tribes, where she manages their Ambient Air Quality and Indoor Environments program. While addressing all airborne exposures, her research and advocacy work focuses on respiratory diseases and fine particle pollution, with an emphasis on woodsmoke exposure in at-risk populations. She serves as Chair of the Washington Asthma Initiative, and Chair of the Washington Leadership Council for the American Lung Association. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Mansel Nelson, Program Coordinator, EEOP and IAQTC
Mansel completed a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Chemical Engineering. During fourteen years of military service in the Army Chemical Corps, Mansel taught soldiers how to protect themselves from poisonous gases and conducted research on detecting poisonous war gases. During six years of teaching chemistry on Navajo Nation, Mansel ensured his students had a safe chemistry lab experience. For the past fifteen years Mansel has been the Senior Program Coordinator at the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University. Mansel works with educators and students (K-16) to show how mathematics, science, and technology can be applied to understanding community environmental issues including Indoor Air Quality. Mansel has conducted IAQ assessments in tribal schools throughout the US. Mansel has had moderately severe asthma for over 30 years.

Cristina Gonzalez-Maddux, Research Specialist, IAQTC
Cristina's interest in indoor air quality and environmental health began during her undergraduate career while researching and developing a guidance document on healthy homes in West Oakland, California. Over the past seven years Cristina has contributed to a variety of environmental health and quality efforts including epidemiological studies at Emory University and the University of California, San Francisco, chemical and biological water quality training workshops through the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and most recently, a uranium education series hosted by the US Geological Survey. Cristina’s graduate research on the air quality impacts of uranium mining on tribal and public lands brought her to ITEP where she now works in the American Indian Air Quality Training (AIAQTP) and the Environmental Education and Outreach (EEOP) programs. She earned her bachelors degree in Environmental Studies, with a double major in Sociology, from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Northern Arizona University.

For more information please contact:
Mansel Nelson