Air & Healthy Homes
Air & Healthy Homes Program
The Air and Healthy Homes program works with Tribal partners to address air quality and healthy homes issues in their communities. Rural communities face a range of air quality challenges. Common air quality concerns include indoor air quality in homes and schools, solid waste burning, smoke, road dust, and mold and moisture intrusion.
Tribal Air Quality
The Tribal Air Quality program works with communities to increase public awareness of air quality issues and to enhance Tribal capacity to address local air quality concerns. The program offers mini grants to fund locally-managed air quality projects and provides technical assistance and support in the development and implementation of air quality projects.
The Healthy Homes program provides education and tools to help residents improve their home environment by improving indoor air quality and reducing indoor air pollutants. In collaboration with local environmental departments, the Healthy Homes program also provides technical support, education and training and air monitoring equipment.
ANTHC Tribal Air Quality Program Sub awards
The ANTHC Tribal Air Quality Program has provided funding to Tribes to carry out air quality projects in rural Tribal communities since 2011. Projects are encouraged to include creative ways to address air quality concerns. Typical air quality concerns in a community might be indoor air quality, solid waste burning, wood smoke, road dust, outdoor air pollution, etc. Sub awardees work in partnership with the ANTHC Tribal Air Quality Program staff to complete the project and refine the work plan. This funding is provided by a US Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Act 103 Grant.
Tribal Alaska Air Quality Workgroup
This workgroup was formed over a decade ago with the leadership of the National Tribal Air Association Alaska (NTAA) Representative of the ONC Tribe in Bethel due to a growing number of air concerns among Alaska Tribes. Since then, the group has continued to grow reaching tribes statewide. The workgroup is now hosted by the ANTHC Air Quality Program and led by the current NTAA elected representatives for Alaska, and supported by NTAA and EPA Region 10.
Calls are held once every quarter where agencies provide tribes with updates and resources, serves a platform for tribal individuals to communicate on a regular basis with agencies representatives, and provide quality webinar presentations on air quality topics. If you would like to join the workgroup, contact Mary Mullan or Ann Wyatt.
Tribal Air Monitoring Support
ANTHC Air Program staff will assist Alaska Tribes in equipment training and technical assistance. Please note that if a Tribe is utilizing EPA IGAP funding to support an air monitoring project, a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) is required. For more information, contact the Air & Healthy Homes Program staff.