Palmer Renewable Energy won its appeal to build a biomass incinerator in Springfield. The Springfield Public Health Council will hold a hearing on whether to have site assignment review for the Palmer Renewable Energy biomass plant at their next meeting on January 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Springfield Central High. More details are at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/12/springfield_public_health_coun_3.html
Please join us to show support to requiring a site assignment review before the plant can be built. For background on the biomass plant, please visit the Stop Toxic Incineration in Springfield: http://www.springfieldincinerator.info/
Next PVAC MEETING: January 27th
Check out the presentation on Climate Change and Health from the Sept. 2015 meeting.
As a follow-up to the August 14th Healthy Homes Workshop, the Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative will meet on September 8th to consider next steps and to learn more about the national model for green & healthy homes programs. Learn more.
On May 28th, PVAC joined with a UMass researcher and Arise for Social Justice to present to the Springfield School Committee about the impact of traffic based air pollution on asthma rates. UMass Professor Sylvia Brandt reported on her research on the costs families face when their children have asthma and how air pollution at schools has been linked to causing asthma. Dr. Matthew Sadof and Parent Asthma Champion Tonya Hayes talked about the impact to families and kids. Learn more about asthma and air pollution at schools.
Focus Springfield features a video about the work that the Springfield Public Schools is doing on asthma for Asthma Awareness Month. SPS Chief Communications Office Azell Cavaan interviewed School Nurse Leader Jeanne Clancy and PVAC Manager Sarita Hudson about the work taking place in Springfield schools to improve asthma management and indoor air quality.
Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition with partners Revitalize CDC, Springfield Partners for Community Action and HAP Housing have received the asthma-related Pay for Success award from the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. We will work in collaboration with Baystate Health to conduct a feasibility study of a Pay for Success model for home based interventions for people with asthma, including remediation of asthma triggers and asthma education.
Learn what YOU can do to reduce asthma triggers and help your family control asthma.
Check out Arise for Social Justice's new video "Springfield Needs a Climate Action Plan Now!" about the efforts to get a climate change plan for Springfield. It features PVAC Manager Sarita Hudson and Parent Asthma Champion Tonya Hayes and her daughter.
Weeding Out Asthma Triggers--Asthma Education at Senior Centers
PVAC is organizing presentations on Weeding Out Asthma Triggers to Elders with Asthma and their families. The next presentation will be May 5 at 10:30-11 am at Pine Point Senior Center. Learn more about the presentation schedule and register.
PVAC is working with Health Outreach Workers from Commonwealth Care Alliance to provide asthma home visits. Participants have to be on Commonwealth Care Alliance Senior Care Options and have been hospitalized or had an emergency room visit for asthma in the last year. Learn more about the asthma home visit program.
Avoiding Winter Flare-ups
Dr. Matthew Sadof's article "How to Breathe Easier: Winter Can Be a Difficult Time for Those Who Suffer from Asthma" appeared in Health Care News this month.Check out the entire article and share your comments on our Facebook page. Here are some of his tips for staying healthy during this season:
Asthma management for Older Adults-- Training for home visitors
Learn about PVAC's latest training for community health workers
Advocacy for Clean Air
PVAC has received three new grants for the coming year. Check out the new projects we'll be working on.
Anti-Idling Signs Posted at ALL Springfield Schools
Idle-free School Sign on Alton St by Putnam and Sci-Tech
Springfield Public Schools facilities office have posted anti-idling signs at ALL Springfield schools. This was a result of PVAC's campaign with ARISE and Mason Square Health Task Force to get the Massachusetts law on Anti-idling at Schools enforced. Thanks to Superintendent Warwick and the School Committee for taking action on the concerns of PVAC, ARISE and other community Members. For more information, see Idle-Free Schools.
Climate Change Planning Meetings
PVAC is joining with ARISE and Climate Action Now! on developing a Climate Change Plan for Springfield. The first of three community meetings was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Over 50 people joined together to envision a plan focused on the goal of a clean, healthy, and just Springfield. The meeting ended with a video of all participants answering the question: Why do you want a Climate Change Plan. Check out the video. and add a comment with your reason for creating a Climate Change Plan for Springfield!
LiveWell Springfield Highlights
Alex Martin's experience with controlling her asthma is featured in Live Well Springfield's story-based education campaign. They feature Springfield residents who have
made small but significant changes that have had a big impact on themselves and the people they care about. Collecting the stories for this healthy living campaign began in July 2013 and is an ongoing project. Read Alex Martin's story and check out other stories featured in the LiveWell Springfield campaign.
Colleen Loveless, Executive Director of Revitalize CDC, addressed the coalition about their expanded mission and RevitalizeCDC's participation in PVAC's Springfield Healthy Homes Initiative.
Improving the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities affected by asthma in the Pioneer Valley
The Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC) is a coalition of health professionals and institutions, community groups and residents, public health organizations, municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, schools, day care, housing and environmental groups committed to improving asthma and environmental conditions that affect health in Western Massachusetts.