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Promoting Women’s Health During National Radon Action Month

For the last few years, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) Radon Program has focused on a “Healthy Homes for the Holiday’s” theme near National Radon Action Month (NRAM). To further this outreach, the program seized opportunities to promote radon awareness both before and during January.

The program kicked off NRAM activities this year by showcasing radon at the 2010 Illinois Women’s Health Conference, held on December 7 – 8, 2010, in Springfield, Illinois. To ensure success, the program partnered with University of Illinois Extension educator Debbie Bartman. As well as being well-versed on radon, Debbie was awarded the Extension Director's Award of Excellence for team work on environmental education on radon and indoor air quality.

The conference – sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Office of Women’s Health – brought together many representatives from the health care industry and public health arena to learn, promote and share information about women's health. The conference offered educational sessions that covered a wide range of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, nutrition and many other topics related to promoting healthy lifestyles. As an exhibitor, this event offered IEMA Radon Program a chance to provide information and resources to attendees focusing on radon and its link to lung cancer.

The key to carrying out the program’s mission at the conference was planning ahead and developing partnerships. By offering attendees expert advice and technical information and resources, the program was able to share information with concerned public health professionals, community members and others who may implement radon into their health management programs and outreach.