The Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC) is  a coalition convened by the Public Health Institute of Western MA consisting of health professionals and institutions, community groups and residents, public health organizations, municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, schools, day care, housing and environmental groups committed to improving asthma and environmental conditions that affect health in Western Massachusetts.  Its mission is to improve the quality of life for families, individuals, and communities affected by asthma in the Pioneer Valley.  

Our Steering Committee which includes representatives from health care, academics, and community groups provides leadership on advocacy and programming.

Projects

  • Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative includes over 30 housing and health care organizations working to coordinate services to improve housing and health.
  • Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Pilot includes Revitalize CDC, Square One, Baystate Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Springfield Partners for Community Action and the City of Springfield Office of Housing in a pilot of  Pay for Success Asthma home education and repair intervention
  • Springfield Climate Action & Resilience Planning working with Pioneer Valley Planning Commission,  Arise for Social Justice, City of Springfield departments, residents and other stakeholder to implement the  new Strong, Healthy & Just: Springfield Climate Action & Resilience Plan
  • Hampden County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to educate residents, contractors and provides as well as to support children with elevated blood lead levels.
  • Healthy Holyoke Asthma Workgroup is an innovative community-clinical linkage that includes asthma home visiting as well as efforts to improve asthma management and indoor air quality in Holyoke Public Schools
  For more information, please visit Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition.