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EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Highlight Asthma Awareness on May 11 Visit to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Release Date: 05/09/2011
Contact Information: EPA Region 7 - Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics – Sherry Gibbs, 816-346-1340, sdgibbs@cmh.edu

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(Kansas City, Kan., May 9, 2011) – EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will visit Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, May 11, to highlight May as National Asthma Awareness Month. During her Kansas City visit, Administrator Jackson will share information with the public about EPA’s initiatives to bring awareness to the disease, and will formally recognize the newly established Center for Environmental Health at Children’s Mercy. The Administrator will also discuss EPA’s recently-proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which would prevent 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year.

The parent of a child with asthma, Administrator Jackson will tour Children’s Mercy’s nationally-known pediatric asthma care facilities and visit with patients and their families, as well as hospital researchers, administrators, physicians and staff. Administrator Jackson will also address a group of healthcare community stakeholders about asthma awareness and EPA’s continuing efforts to improve the nation’s air quality, prior to participating in an open press conference. All of the events hosted at Children’s Mercy will be open to press coverage.

WHAT: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s Visit to Highlight Asthma Awareness

WHERE: Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64108

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Administrator Jackson tours Children’s Mercy
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Administrator Jackson addresses stakeholders
William P. Harsh Community Room

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Press conference
Main Lobby/Rotunda

Parking is available in the garage immediately to the left as you come up the driveway at the main entrance off Gillham Road. Park on any level and take the elevator up to the ground floor. Staff will meet you there to provide further guidance.
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Learn more about EPA’s initiatives to raise awareness of asthma

Learn more about EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Learn more about Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics