Jun
22
1:00 pm13:00

Webinar: Green Cleaning for Improved Health - The Return on Investment of Green Cleaning in Schools

The EPA is hosting a webinar about the return on investment of green cleaning in schools. Register here

Three Reasons to Register
1. Hear how to incorporate evidence-based green cleaning techniques and best practices into a comprehensive system for achieving indoor environmental health. Utilize data tracking and evaluation strategies to develop a business case, a value proposition and a communication strategy that generate broader acceptance of, compliance with and funding for green cleaning.

2. Go mobile with your IAQ management! Design and successfully implement a strategy to identify, collect and use data with low-cost, easy-to-use tools (e.g., the School IAQ Assessment Mobile App) to make the case for green cleaning approaches.

3. Learn from the best! Replicate the strategies used by school districts that have successfully developed and implemented green cleaning programs to reduce costs and improve health.
 

Jun
22
9:00 am09:00

Annual MAAP Summit: Navigating Changing Times - Building Power to Address Asthma in Massachusetts

Join us for our annual MAAP summit! Registration is free.

Tentative agenda

I. Light breakfast and networking   9:00 – 9:30 am
II. Welcome and updates   9:30 – 9:45 am
III. Serving immigrants in a time of fear   9:45 – 10:25 am
     Sarang Sekhavat, Federal Policy Director
     Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

IV. Climate change and air quality in New England 10:25 – 11:10 am
     Cindy Luppi, New England Director
     Clean Water Action

V. Opportunities and Updates for Addressing Asthma in MA   11:20 – 12:15 pm
     a. MA Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations
        JoHanna Flacks, Legal Director, 
        Medical Legal Partnership Boston
     
b. Community Health Worker Certification
        Jean Zotter, Manager PWTF
        MA Department of Public Health

     c. MA DPH Prevention Wellness Trust Fund
        Jean Zotter, Manager PWTF
        MA Department of Public Health

VI. Lunch (included)   12:15 – 1:00 pm
VII. Roundtable Discussions: Session One 1:00 – 1:50 pm
VIII. Roundtable Discussions: Session Two 2:00 – 2:50 pm
VII. Closing 2:50 – 3:00 pm

Register here.

Jun
2
2:00 pm14:00

Women in Green Cleaning

Join EPA for a webinar sponsored by the Healthy Schools Campaign. Register here

What are the unique challenges facing women in the cleaning industry? What are some of the ways women can help mentor and support each other to help grow the green cleaning movement? Let’s take a look at these questions—and more—in this important discussion with some of Healthy Schools Campaign’s strongest champions.

Women in Green Cleaning panelists include:
Kim Thomas, Executive Director of Plant Services and Custodial Operations at Clarke County School District in Georgia. Kim is a long-standing champion of the IAQ Tools for Schools program. To hear more about her stellar program, be sure to view the EPA IAQ Master Class webinar “Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools: The Knowledge Network and Actions You Need.” Click on this link to view this webinar and all of our webinars on-demand: www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/indoor-air-quality-master-class-webinar-series-calendar#register.
Shawna Cragun, Director of Custodial Services at Davis School District in Utah. Meet Shawna on this webinar, then dive into the details of her program on Thursday, June 22, during EPA’s IAQ Knowledge-to-Action webinar “Green Cleaning for Improved Health: The Return on Investment of Green Cleaning in Schools.”
Diana Stewart, President of Envirox. Diana will provide insight into Envirox’s commitment to supporting student health and wellness through safer, healthier cleaning technology.
 

Dec
12
10:00 am10:00

MAAP Healthy Housing Committee Meeting

AGENDA

1)    Policy Update: Smoke-Free Housing – Kathleen McCabe (15 min)

  • HUD’s recent announcement on public health housing

2)    Partner spotlight: Sarita Hudson (20 min)

  • Springfield Pay for Success – Asthma Program Model

3)    Sanitary Code Revision (15 min)

  • Updates on the Public Health Council meeting
  • Education and advocacy: Organizations to engage

4)    IPM Updates (10 min)

  • Updates on MA Integrated Pest Management Toolkit

Meeting access information

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. (No registration required)
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/940278717 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 940-278-717 

Nov
17
12:00 pm12:00

Healthy and Ready to Learn: State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness

Healthy and Ready to Learn: State ESSA Plans to Support Student Health and Wellness provides an overview of the opportunities to incorporate health and wellness into ESSA, provides advice on how to navigate the state plan process and guidance on how to develop health promoting recommendations.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn about this important resource and connect with other advocates working to advance student health and school wellness through ESSA state plans.

Speakers:

  • Rochelle Davis, President of Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Nancy Katz, Director of School Partnerships with Alliance for Healthier Generations
  • Plus state advocates and decision makers

Register here.

Nov
7
5:00 pm17:00

Asthma Management & Education Seminar

Newton-Wellesley Hospital will be hosting a seminar on Asthma Management & Education for Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, and other allied Health Professionals. The presentation illustrates effective ways to teach patients to manage asthma by using a problem-based case study of a family who has a child with asthma. It offers strategies to address common barriers to effective asthma self-management: lack of understanding, competing health beliefs and intentional non-adherence.  

Agenda:

Registration & Dinner: 5:00 p.m.  

Lecture and Q&A: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Approved for 3 CEU contact hours for nurses and 2 CRCE credits for respiratory therapists.

Registration FEE: $25.00 (includes dinner, seminar, and CEU’s)

Pre- registration is required. Click here to register. 

Nov
1
9:00 am09:00

American Lung Association Lung Force Expo

Patients and caregivers are invited to join the American Lung Association in Boston to learn
more about the latest treatments, resources and research to help improve the quality of
life for those with lung cancer and other lung diseases like asthma. To register and for more information visit the Lung Force Expo Boston site. Register by October 18th $20 for patients, $10 for providers. 

Oct
18
10:00 am10:00

MAAP Healthy Schools Committee Meeting

 

Call information
Conference line: 617-292-5064
Pin: 400916

Some key points discussed include:

  • School nurses financing/Free Care Rule: Community Catalyst sent a memo to MassHealth with input from MAAP advocating for school nurses financing as part of the Free Care Rule/Policy. More updates to come after the stakeholders in Massachusetts get a chance to meet.
  • Environmentally Preferable Program: Based on the discussion on the call, the survey has been revised. The Committee strategized how to disseminate the survey for the higher response rate. Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6D82SHP
  • Climate change: The Committee had a further discussion on the resources to add on the MAAP website (www.maasthma.org), community action plan, and potential partners
  • Partner update: Tolle Graham discussed the challenges for safer sanitization in school

 

Oct
17
10:00 am10:00

MAAP Healthy Housing Committee Meeting

Call Information: 
Conference Line: 617-292-5064
Pin: 400916#

Key topics discussed: 

  • IPM toolkit - will be developed by DPH and available to public
  • Sanitary code revision - we will strategize how we can contribute to public hearing after it is presented at the Public Health Council in November (the meeting for this purpose is scheduled - see below)
Apr
21
8:00 am08:00

CPHS Training: Solutions for Green Schools In MA

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association (MFAA) and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) are hosting a free high performance schools training workshop on April 21, 2016 at Maynard High School to go over everything you need to know in order to implement NE-CHPS Version 3.1 for your next building project. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) recently updated its Sustainable Building Design Guidelines to include NE-CHPS 3.1 as an option for new school construction, major renovations or as a phased approach.

Come join architects, engineers, facility managers, utility program administrators, school administrators and others for an interactive technical workshop on designing high performance schools. CHPS schools help to lower operating costs and improve indoor environmental quality (amongst other benefits). Join us at Maynard High School to learn how your school can get on the pathway to high performance, and to see a CHPS school in-person.

 

Click Here For Registration and More Info

Apr
14
1:00 pm13:00

EPA Professional Training Webinar Series - Healthy Schools, Healthy Students: Taking Action to Improve IAQ in Your School District

What Is the IAQ Knowledge-to-Action Professional Training Webinar Series?

The IAQ Knowledge-to-Action Professional Training Webinar Series comprises four 1-hour technical, core-competency, Web-based trainings designed to demonstrate how to translate the knowledge gained in the IAQ Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series into actions that improve or sustain an IAQ management program within your school or school district.

Learn from technical experts, industry leaders and model school districts during these live webinars, which will be followed by 30-minute mentoring Q&A sessions.

You will learn how to implement a successful organizational and programmatic framework for comprehensive and proactive IAQ management using EPA’s Framework for Effective School IAQ Management: Key Drivers.

In addition, the series will cover the critical actions needed to address building-related environmental health issues (Technical Solutions) and how to use the detailed walkthrough assessment checklists in the School IAQ Assessment Mobile App to identify and prioritize IAQ improvements.

Gain recognition for your knowledge acquisition and commitment to action through certificates of completion for each training.

 

Register here for Taking Action to Improve IAQ in Your School District - Thursday April 14th 1:00-2:30pm

 

Parts 2 and 3:

  • Creating Healthy Indoor Environments in Schools: The Knowledge Network and Actions You Need 6/9/2016

  • Making the Case for Environmental Health, Academic Performance and High-Performing Facilities 9/22/2016

 

National Healthy Schools Day
Apr
5
8:00 am08:00

National Healthy Schools Day

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In recognition of National Healthy Schools Day, MAAP created an infographic about the interplay between the school environment and a child’s health and education. An average of three students per classroom is likely to have asthma and schools often harbor environmental asthma triggers. The school community can play a vital role in controlling asthma and improving school attendance and performance by implementing asthma friendly school policies and practices. Examples include conducting an environmental walkthrough and providing education on both asthma and the school environment.

Start educating teachers, administration, facilities staff, students, and parents today by sharing our infographic and sample social media posts! 

 

Sample Social Media Posts – spread the word!

Join the movement towards creating healthier and safer schools nationalhealthyschoolsday.org #NationalHealthySchoolsDay

Did you know #MA has a statewide contract for purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products? http://1.usa.gov/1ULkkSq #greencleaning

Fumes from cleaning products can contain toxic chemicals that trigger asthma. Look for healthy @greenseal approved alternatives.

Take advantage of the statewide EPP contract & purchase safer cleaning products for your school http://1.usa.gov/1ULkkSq

Did you know the school environment can impact how children learn? [Attach infographic] #NationalHealthySchoolsDay

What can schools do to create a safe & healthy environment for learning and growing? [Attach infographic]

Learn how to do a school walkthrough to identify potential asthma triggers http://bit.ly/1RhYzqY #healthyschools #healthychildren

An environmental school walkthrough is an easy way to identify areas for improvement https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools

Feb
23
10:00 am10:00

Anatomy of a Movement: Lessons from the MA Health Care Reform

Objectives: 
• Gain an understanding of the essential elements that comprise a movement. 
• Study the Health Care Reform Movement in Massachusetts as a case study. 
• Learn skill-building and share tools that can be used for Taking Inventory of Your Campaign Assets and for Building and Sustaining Powerful     Coalitions. 
• Have an opportunity for each CoP to “write their own story” for the future of their issue.

Please RSVP by February 15, 2016

Video presentation and panel discussion

Susan Sherry, Deputy Director, Community Catalyst; previously Executive Director, Health Care for All of Massachusetts

Fawn Phelps, Instructor and Director of Leadership Development, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; former Campaign Manager, ACT! Coalition

Audrey Shelto, President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

Tyrek Lee, Vice President, 1199 SEIU

Workshops

Taking Inventory of Your Campaign Assets:  Assess current capacities, identify gaps, and determine who can bring needed assets to the table.

Building and Sustaining Powerful Coalitions:  Share tools and strategies for assessing what partners can and are willing to give and ensuring they get what they need in return.

RSVP Here by February 16th