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SIRG Projects: Education and Outreach to Medical Community

Through funding supported by the USEPA and the states, collaborative efforts have worked in a variety of ways to reduce radon risks and save lives. During the 2019 funding year, an important goal has been achieved in increasing awareness, education and outreach to the medical community.

During 2019, education and outreach to the medical community was performed by numerous states. Examples of accomplishments come from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Missouri Radon program, and the Idaho Indoor Radon Project (IIRP).

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) partnered with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM) to create several online Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for medical professionals.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) partnered with the American Cancer Society and St. Luke’s Regional Cancer Center and Hospital to implement a project to increase radon testing rates in Northeast Minnesota where testing is currently low. The project included free radon test kit distribution, marketing through social media and public service announcements on television.

The Missouri Radon program launched a campaign to distribute materials to oncologists and general practitioners across the state to help increase their knowledge of radon dangers in the home. Materials were shared with physicians’ offices and waiting rooms.

The Idaho Indoor Radon Project (IIRP) organized and facilitated the first meeting of a statewide Radon Collaboration Workgroup during this reporting cycle. The workgroup includes representatives from the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the Idaho Division of Building Safety, Project Filter, the Idaho Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, real estate and home inspection professionals, and radon measurement and mitigation professionals.

For more information, see Overview of EPA’s State Indoor Radon Grants: 2019 Activities https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-02/documents/sirg_2019_annual_summary_report_final.pdf