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Asthma Prevention

The City of Seattle invests in an asthma prevention program the Master Home Environmentalist Program.

Master Home Environmentalist Program

The Master Home Environmentalist Program, managed by the American Lung Association of Washington, has worked to reduce asthma and allergies due to exposure to lead, pesticides and carcinogens by providing in-home assessments and education.

The program has trained approximately 700 volunteers in Seattle who have assessed more than 2,500 homes. Volunteers not only identify the problems but develop a Home Action Plan to reduce or eliminate hazards and improve indoor air quality. Volunteers also attend health and community fairs.

In 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Master Home Environmentalist Program the Childrens Environmental Health Excellence Award for leadership and commitment to protecting children from environmental health risks.

Since 1994 the City of Seattle has funded programs aimed at improving the quality of air for its citizens with asthma and other breathing illnesses. In 2011, the City has committed $128,697 to the Master Home Environmentalist Program. This years funding has added a tenant/outreach worker. The tenant/outreach worker will work with renters to empower them to make changes in their homes by facilitating connections to community services. The tenant/outreach worker will work directly with landlords/managers to influence the implementation of appropriate structural changes.


For more information about City of Seattle public health programs and services, call 206-684-0684 or e-mail

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Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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