The Air We Breathe: A Regional Summit on Air Pollution and Asthma in Our Community

November 5, 2021

The 2021 Asthma Summit will focus on the impact of air pollution in the Pittsburgh region, and on health outcomes, with an emphasis on asthma. The Summit will present the latest findings on the relationship between local air pollution and asthma prevalence and disease severity. The Summit will also address public health measures and policies to improve health outcomes related to air pollution.

Target Audience

The Asthma Summit is intended for pediatricians, internal medicine and family practice physicians, allergy/immunology, pulmonology and public health specialists, and allied health professionals with an interest in asthma. The Summit also welcomes all members of the community with an interest in air pollution and/or asthma including school administrators, teachers and nurses, community leaders, and patients and their family members.

Learning Objectives

The goal of the Asthma Summit is to update participants on air pollution issues in the Pittsburgh region and its impact on asthma and other health outcomes. Upon completion of this
course, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize air pollution issues and associated adverse health effects.
  • Recognize the impact of regional air pollution on adverse asthma outcomes in both pediatric and adult residents.
  • Understand the relationship between health equity challenges in disparate communities in our region and its association with exposure to air pollution and adverse health effects.
  • Discuss strategies to alert and protect residents from adverse health effects of regional air pollution.
  • Identify policy initiatives and pathways to improve our region’s air pollution issue.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 7.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
08/31/2021
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
11/05/2021 - 8:00am EDT
Event ends: 
11/05/2021 - 5:00pm EDT
Live Virtual Conference

Virtual Event

Course Directors:

Sally Wenzel, MD
Chair, Department of Environmental
and Occupational Health
Graduate School of Public Health
Rachel Carson Endowed Chair
in Environmental Health
Director, Asthma and Environmental
Lung Health Institute
Professor of Medicine and Immunology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deborah Gentile, MD
Medical Director
Community Partners in Asthma Care
Director of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
East Suburban Pediatrics
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Invited Faculty:
Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
Dean, Graduate School of Public Health
Jonas Salk Professor of Population Health
Professor of Environmental
and Occupational Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tesfaye Mersha, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati , Ohio

Irena Gorski-Steiner, MPH
Department of Environmental
Health and Engineering
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
of Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland

Deborah Larson, BA
Medical Outreach Coordinator
Environmental Health Project
McMurray, Pennsylvania

Carla Conrad, MS
Executive Director
Breathe PA
Cranberry, Pennsylvania

Matthew Mehalik, PhD
Executive Director
Breathe Project/Collaborative
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John Graham, PhD
Senior Scientist
Clean Air Task Force
San Rafael, California

Brandy Byrwa-Hill, PhD
Department of Environmental
and Occupational Health
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Randy Sargent, MS
Senior System Scientist
Create Lab
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John Graham, PhD
Senior Scientist
Clean Air Task Force
San Rafael, California

James Fabisiak, PhD
Director, Center for Healthy
Environments and Communities
Department of Environmental
and Occupational Health
Graduate School of Public Health
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jamil Bey, PhD
President
UrbanKind Institute
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD
Senior Director
Center for Health Equity
Medical Director
Community Asthma Prevention Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Planning Commitee:

Matthew Mehalik, PhD
Executive Director
Breathe Project/Collaborative
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Deborah Larson, BA
Medical Outreach Coordinator
Environmental Health Project
McMurray, Pennsylvania

Carla Conrad, MS
Executive Director
Breathe PA
Cranberry, Pennsylvania

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician (CME)
The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • 7.50 Attendance
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Participation in the Asthma Summit is free. However, all participants (including those from the community not claiming CME credit) must register.

Participation by all individuals is encouraged. Advance notification of functional needs of attendees with disabilities will help us provide better service. Please notify us at least two weeks in advance of the program by emailing: dgentile@eastsuburbanpediatrics.com