“According to the Children’s Health 2015 Beyond ABC report, Dallas is among the most ozone-polluted counties in the U.S., and we know pollution is a key trigger of asthma,” The Health and Wellness Alliance for Children Vice President Cheryl McCarver said. “We are proud to once again partner with the Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas city government and many others through the Health and Wellness Alliance for Children to address environmental issues on behalf of our children.”
The city started with a workshop for Children’s Health hospital staff, city code inspectors, lawyers and the 311 program, wherein they were able to discuss their work and how they can better cooperate. The city then worked with the Health and Wellness Alliance for Children to ensure that code compliance leaders better understand how children’s health is tied to their environments.
“Protecting children’s health takes the hard work and collaboration of many groups, from health-care workers to city inspectors,” EPA Regional Administrator Ron Curry said. “Bringing these different groups together can improve health outcomes for kids and increase their quality of life.”