Meeting Archive:
Healthy Heart Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health

Meeting Description:

The most at-risk populations for air pollution and climate change are older people, particularly those of low socioeconomic status, with established heart and lung disease. This webinar will aim to answer the questions, “How do we use the research and information available to improve the health of these at-risk populations?”, and “What more do we need to guide public health and healthcare action?” The webinar will provide a brief synopsis of our current understanding of air pollution’s adverse health effects, describe the need for a large randomized controlled intervention study to reduce exposure, and will highlight the ongoing efforts to translate, communicate and use research on the impacts of air pollution to educate health care providers and public health officials about what they can do to reduce exposures, and improve health and wellbeing among the at-risk population.

Date: Wed, Feb 28, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Christine Ortiz Gumina
 Presenter Information
Wayne Cascio
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Prior to joining the EPA in 2011 Wayne worked to increase access to cardiovascular health care in underserved rural areas, and served on EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee for Particulate Matter. He now serves as the EPA’s liaison to NCER-ATSDR’s Board of Scientific Councilors, the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction: Wildland Fire Science and Technology Task Force [Committee on Environment, Natural Resource and Sustainability/US National Science and Technology Council], the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s National Prevention Council. Current research includes the study of the health effects of environmental pollutants for the purpose of informing risk assessment, risk-management decisions, and improvement of public health and quality of life through utilization of environmental health surveillance and exposure data coupled with increased environmental health communication & literacy. 


Susan Lyon Stone, MS
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Susan is a Senior Environmental Health Scientist with EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in the Ambient Standards Group, which reviews the national ambient air quality standards. She was team leader for the 2015 review of the ozone standards, and has also worked on the reviews of the standards for particulate matter and sulfur dioxide. She is the Air Quality Index (AQI) team leader, has coauthored many of EPA’s public information documents about the AQI, the health effects of criteria pollutants, and she has given presentations across the U.S. and internationally on these subjects.  Ms. Stone is the project lead for multi-agency team revising the document Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials, is a contributor to EPA wildfire health research, and is the co-lead for a study (National-Scale Activity Survey) that evaluated the effectiveness of AQI advisories in changing public behavior. 


Janet Wright, MD FACC; Executive Director, Million Hearts; CDC/CMS
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Janet Wright, MD, is the executive director of Million Hearts®, a national initiative launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 with the goal of preventing 1 million myocardial infarctions and strokes by 2017. Dr. Wright received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at San Francisco's Children's Hospital and Adult Medical Center and cardiovascular fellowship at the University of California San Francisco.  Dr. Wright served 3 years as Senior Vice President of Science and Quality at the American College of Cardiology (ACC). She also served on the ACC's Board of Trustees and chaired the Task Force on Performance Assessment, Recognition, Reinforcement, Reward and Reporting. Dr. Wright joined Million Hearts® in 2011.