2016 Air We Breathe: A Regional Summit on Asthma in our Community

On May 5, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network and The Breathe Project of The Heinz Endowments presented a summit on the impact of the Pittsburgh region’s air quality on asthma outcomes in our communities. Pittsburgh’s particulate matter air pollution is among the worst 15 percent of cities across the country. Particulate matter pollution is tied to multiple illnesses, including asthma. The summit focused on air quality in Pittsburgh and health impacts of urban living. The summit also summarized recent research findings about asthma outcomes in our region and provided an overview of the region’s clean air plan.

Philip Johnson, PhD, MPH, MESc
Program Director, Science and Environment, The Heinz Endowments
Director of the Breathe Project

Norman Anderson, MSPH
Environmental Public Health Consultant
Winslow, Maine

Deborah Gentile, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine
Director of Research, Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Allegheny Health Network

Michael Brauer (Keynote)
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health
Director, Bridge Program, The University of British Columbia

Margaret Sammon Parsons, PhD
Healthy Air Campaign Coordinator, American Lung Association in PA

Thurman Brendlinger, MBA
Program Director, Clean Air Council

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