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NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease. To have the greatestimpact on preventing disease and improving human health, the NIEHS focuses on basic science, disease-oriented research, global environmental health, and multidisciplinary training for researchers. The NIEHS achieves its mission through: Extramural research and training, funded by grants and contracts, to scientists, environmental health professionals, and other groups worldwide, Intramural research conducted by scientists at the NIEHS facility and in partnership with scientists at universities and hospitals, Toxicological testing and test validation by the National Toxicology Program, and Outreach and communications programs that provide reliable health information to the public and scientific resources to researchers.

Review Date: July 12, 2011

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Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Some of EPA's top priorities are to improve air quality, take action on climate change, and clean up our communities. EPA's work on these priorities falls under the Clean Air Act and includes developing national programs, technical policies and regulations for controlling air pollution and radiation exposure. These efforts help protect the health of all Americans by preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, reducing industrial air pollution and pollution from vehicles and engines, protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing acid rain, and addressing climate change.

Review Date: April 28, 2011

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA), formerly the National Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association, was founded in 1904 to combat tuberculosis. Since 1907, ALA has promoted Christmas Seals to raise public funds to fight lung disease, the third leading cause of death in America. ALA is primarily a health education agency, emphasizing anti-smoking and clean air activities to prevent and control lung hazards. Its self-management programs teach those suffering from lung disease, such as asthma, how to live with their condition. ALA also creates educational programs to teach lifelong good health habits, and it provides professional education to health care providers to help them deliver effective lung health care to their patients. ALA also awards grants for medical research and sponsors fellowships for young medical professionals to encourage them to specialize in pulmonary care. There are 110 State and local Lung Associations throughout the country. The American Thoracic Society is the medical arm of ALA.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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National Medical Association

The National Medical Association (NMA) was founded in 1895 as a professional organization for African-American physicians. Its goals are to raise professional and educational standards, to promote cooperation among physicians, to improve the health care delivery system, to educate the public, to promote just medical laws, and to eliminate racial and religious discrimination from American medical institutions. It operates the SASATA Project under a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a Radon and Indoor Air Education Program under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It works to recruit African-American students into medical programs, provides information and consultation services to members, and advises and guides physicians who are interested in Federal funding.

Review Date: July 02, 2008

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Water Quality Association

The Water Quality Association (WQA), an association for the point-of-use water treatment industry, promotes the advancement of the industry. The WQA holds meetings to facilitate the exchange of information, offers training programs, develops voluntary product standards, administers product and dealer certification programs, conducts research, publishes water treatment information, provides technical assistance to government and other organizations, and conducts symposia and seminars. Other services include conventions, trade shows, public relations, promotional aids, government relations, an information center, and a charge card servicing package.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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