Air Pollution and Health Webinar: Enhancing Health Practitioners' Knowledge

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Air Pollution and Health Webinar: Enhancing Health Practitioners' Knowledge

In December 2020, a Coroner ruled that a London child, Ella Adoo Kissi-Debrah, had died of asthma, with exposure to excessive air pollution being a contributory factor. This is the first time that air pollution has been explicitly linked to a named individual’s death.

The Coroner provided a Prevention of Future Deaths Report, which identified three matters of concern:

  • The discrepancy between current national targets for particulate matter and those recommended by the World Health Organisation
  • The lack of public awareness about air pollution
  • Insufficient communication by clinicians to patients about the risks of air pollution

As a result, City of London is hosting an Air Pollution and Health webinar from 1-2pm on Thursday 28 October to:

  • Enhance practitioners baseline knowledge on the topic of air pollution
  • Demonstrate how air pollution impacts on health
  • Signpost practitioners to resources to inform patients on how to reduce exposure

Agenda

  • Introduction: Ruth Calderwood, City of London Corporation
  • Presentation 1: Pollution standards, WHO standards, and levels of pollution City of London Corporation
  • Presentation 2: Health impacts from Air Pollution Dr Josephine Sauvage
  • Presentation 3: Increasing communication by clinicians to patients about the risks of air pollution London Borough of Hackney
  • Comfort break: Encourage sign up to air quality alert resources
  • Presentation 4: The associations of short and long-term pollutant exposures with General Practitioner respiratory consultations and inhaler prescriptions Dr Mark Ashworth
  • Q&A