Food Safety; Pests and Vectors; Air Quality
Air pollution is an environmental health problem in many cities throughout the world. Residents in an urban community through which a major freeway transportation route runs are suffering from a number of health effects. The local organization arranges for you, a health educator, to consult with and assist a nurse from a local community clinic in planning and implementing a program that will address reduction in exposure of the community, particularly children, to air pollution and thereby reducing the impact of air pollution in the community.
Write a 2-3 page paper in which you do the following:
1. Describe the common health problems associated with indoor and outdoor air pollution in urban settings.
2. Describe why children are more vulnerable to the effects of air pollutants.
3. Describe how you (as a Health Educator and consultant in this multi-disciplinary team), would assist the nurse to plan and implement a program that will reduce the exposure of this community to air pollution as well as reduce the impact of air pollution on the health of children. In your response, make sure to include preventive steps that can be taken by the community (home and school, for example) to reduce the exposure of children to air pollutants.
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