The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC0 to develop and accredit a new course designed for healthcare professionals called Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health. The course provides tools to help physicians and other health professionals understand how particle pollution affects their patients’ health. The simple steps of advising patients to check the air quality daily, and informing them of ways to minimize exposure to particle pollution, can help reduce overall risk of particle pollution-related health effects, particularly in individuals with heart and lung disease. The Air Quality Index (AQI) lets patients know when it’s a good idea to switch up outdoor activities to reduce the amount of pollution exposure.
Upon completing this course, health professionals will be able to: