Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities (Level 1)

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Course Description:
This entry-level course is designed to provide an understanding of common indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in tribal homes and schools. The course includes an overview of indoor air pollutants and their health effects, and tips for solving IAQ problems. There will be hands-on practice with a comprehensive assessment tool used to identify IAQ problems. This course consists of lectures and a tribal case study, demonstrations, small-group activities, and a building walk-through.

Topics include:
  • Indoor air concerns in tribal communities

  • Overview of home construction and fundamentals of building science

  • Mold and its health effects

  • IAQ pollutants and cancer

  • IAQ and asthma

  • Household hazardous materials

  • Combustion products

  • Equipment for assessing IAQ

  • Outreach: prevention of IAQ problems

  • Collaboration and resources

There is no prerequisite for this course. Preference will be given to tribes who submit applications from TWO different departments: environmental, housing, and/or health. Preference will also be given to applicants who have an indoor air quality task in a grant work plan. Please note: this course is a pre-requisite for ITEPís Level 2 course, Indoor Air Quality Diagnostic Tools for Tribal Professionals.


If you have questions regarding the pre-requisites or your eligibility for this course, please contact Patricia Ellsworth, Air Quality Curriculum Coordinator, at or phone 928-523-6721.

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Last updated: June 20, 2014


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