Improving Indoor Air Quality to Reduce Exposure to Airborne Contaminants in Alaskan Native Populations and Other Indigenous Communities in North America

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2013 - 2014

This project demonstrated that education, along with no-cost or low-cost home modifications, such as replacing inefficient wood-burning stoves and improving home ventilation, can reduce the need for respiratory medical care in Alaskan Native populations by reducing exposure to airborne contaminants in homes. The methodology and results from this pilot project can be used to make policy recommendations and help guide decisions in future healthy homes projects in North America. For example, lessons learned about the effects of improved ventilation and efficient heating devices on indoor air quality, along with best practices for community education to ensure the long-term sustainability of such interventions.

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