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Partnering with different sectors and stakeholders, such as environmental and public health professionals, state and local government/policymakers, housing developers and providers, state and local advocacy groups, community organizations, and other related governmental agencies, could help make your efforts to address IAQ more effective and sustainable. This page contains examples of successful partnerships working to address IAQ.

EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program
Indoor airPLUS is a voluntary partnership and labeling program that helps new home builders improve indoor air quality by requiring construction practices and product specifications that minimize exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. Together, Indoor airPLUS and partners promote indoor air quality in new homes as an easy and desirable option for homebuyers to help protect their health and the environment. Partners receive public recognition for their involvement in Indoor airPLUS and their role in protecting human health and the environment. Technical assistance, resources, tools, and marketing materials are available at no cost. [url; EPA, 2022]

Asthma Community Network 
This online network provides a wealth of information and resources for community-based asthma programs and organizations that sponsor them—including representatives of health plans and providers, government health and environmental agencies, nonprofits, coalitions, schools, and more. Asthma Community Network members have real-time access to other registered programs and their best practices; cutting-edge Internet tools to facilitate collaboration, problem solving, and learning between leaders of asthma programs; and the most current strategies for transforming a program into a thriving and comprehensive asthma management resource. [url; ACN]

Washington State Weatherization plus Health Program Pilot: Pierce County Healthy Homes Case Study
This case study outlines how Pierce County Healthy Homes (PCHH) Partnership – with Weatherization plus Health (Wx+H) program funding—delivered integrated healthy homes services, including community health worker (CHW) engagement and home visits as well as energy efficiency and healthy homes upgrades to 53 low-income households in which 78 occupants with respiratory health concerns (such as asthma and COPD) resided. Initial results showed promising success in encouraging action and improving clients’ health and quality of life with respiratory disease. [pdf; WSU, 2019]

Resources for RRNC [Radon-Resistant New Construction] Code Adoption 
This Kansas State University webpage includes numerous background resources relating to radon-resistant new construction for state and tribal radon programs. Two webinars highlight state and tribal code adoption case studies and share ideas for partnerships and building capacity to engage in radon code adoption work. [url; KSU]

Building Partnerships to Increase Radon Awareness 
This in-depth session covers radon education programs and the diverse partnerships developed to address radon concerns in Georgia and North Carolina and offers suggestions for finding radon collaborative partners in other states. [url; HUD]

How Maine’s Public Housing Authorities Became 100% Smoke-Free 
In this Asthma Community Network podcast, listeners will learn how to replicate the success of the Maine Smoke-Free Housing Coalition, which—by engaging both tenants and property owners—became the first coalition in the nation to set statewide smoke-free public housing policies. [url; ACN, 2011]

The Health and Housing Starter Kit 
ChangeLab Solutions’ Health and Housing Starter Kit guides local institutions taking their initial actions toward creating bold, innovative health and housing initiatives.  Included in the kit are case studies for institutions that have worked on health and housing initiatives for more than a decade. Another feature, “Building Blocks,” explores a variety of strategies and offers advice for forming partnerships with communities and other institutions, developing indicators to understand and evaluate the efforts, and crafting messages to build support. [url/pdf; CLS, 2018]

Woodsmoke Reduction Program 
Implemented by the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) in coordination with local air pollution control districts or air quality management districts, the Woodsmoke Reduction Program offers financial incentives to homeowners to “replace old, inefficient, and highly polluting wood stoves, wood inserts, or fireplaces with cleaner burning and more efficient home heating devices.” The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is part of the California Climate Investments program, which puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities—and strengthening California’s economy. [url; CARB]


Latest page update: March 7, 2023.