Unhealthy levels of air pollution in Michigan harm people’s health and reduces their quality of life. For example, recent data shows that the state’s nine oldest coal-fired power plants emit pollution associated with 68,000 cases of asthma exacerbation and 180 premature deaths in Michigan each year. On April 20, 2012, representatives from approximately 30 Michigan health organizations officially formed the MI Air MI Health coalition to give health groups a stronger voice when advocating for policies at the local, state, and federal levels that improve outdoor air quality, curb the harmful health impacts of climate change, and improve the health of children and families across Michigan.
MI Air MI Health is committed to ensuring healthy air for Michigan communities by assessing the health effects of air quality and advocating for the development, implementation, and enforcement of policies to address these issues, recognizing that clean air contributes to a healthy economy.
MI Air MI Health partners with various Michigan colleges and universities to offer a health professional education program to teach tomorrow’s health professionals about policy and advocacy. Our Coalition invites professors, instructors, and other leaders across the state to participate in this unique environmental health educational opportunity. We host this half-day program in Lansing in legislative offices; It includes a basic orientation to policy and advocacy work, a panel of current health professionals that have combined their clinical work with advocacy work, and a legislative testimony exercise.
This program is flexible and can be adapted to specific areas of expertise, including medicine, nursing, social work, and public health. This content is adaptable for both classroom sessions and student organizations. Our current partners include the University of Michigan School of Nursing, the University of Detroit Mercy and Michigan State University College of Nursing.
For more information about this program, please contact Kindra Weid, RN, MPH, at email@example.com.
Health Policy Calls (HPCs) take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1:30-2:30 pm and are focused on reviewing legislative action taken by different stakeholders in the past month, as well as developing future strategies for advancing the mission of the coalition. If you are interested in joining these calls, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health advocates slam Trump, Pruitt plan to dismantle historic clean car standards.
LANSING – MI Air MI Health today said the Trump Administration’s plans to roll back historic clean car standards represents a major blow to Michigan families – especially children and seniors who are particularly vulnerable to air pollution.
“Rolling back the clean car standards represents a clear attack on the health of families in Michigan and throughout the nation,” said Kindra Weid, RN and Coalition Coordinator of MI Air MI Health. “Exposure to tailpipe pollution is a public health risk factor, especially in low-income communities, and the clean car standards provide one way to help ensure cleaner air for families, children and seniors.”
Weid noted that Michigan is home to some of the nation’s most-polluted zip codes, and the clean car standards finalized during the Obama Administration are designed to help safeguard public health by improving fuel efficiency and reducing tailpipe pollution.
“The clean car standards were designed in partnership with U.S. automakers to improve efficiency, which cuts back on tailpipe pollution and benefits public health, so rolling back the standards is simply bad policy,” said Weid. “The Trump Administration has made a clear statement today: The health of Michigan’s most vulnerable populations simply isn’t their priority.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Contact: Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Communications, (517) 333-1606