To reduce the impact of asthma across New England, through collaborations of health, housing, education, and environmental organizations with particular focus on the contribution of schools, homes, and communities to the disease and with attention to its disproportionate impact on populations at greatest risk.
ARC is a coalition of nearly 75 public agencies, private organizations and researchers across New England working to tackle environmental and clinical aspects of pediatric and adult asthma. ARC’s members bring the diverse perspectives and resources of health, housing, education, environment, managed care and advocacy organization together to focus on asthma. Leaders with knowledge, resources and determination have joined forces to identify and implement solutions to improve the lives of those with asthma. ARC is a program of Health Resources in Action.
ARC was launched in 2000 as the result of a summit – hosted by Region I (New England) offices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – that called for a multi-disciplinary cross-sector effort to eliminate environmental triggers of asthma. ARC has an environmental justice focus in that it recognizes, as part of its core mission, the need to address the disproportionate environmental and health burdens experienced by low income and racial minority communities. Click here to learn more about our work.
ARC is led by a director under the supervision of an Advisory Committee drawn from membership.
Gary Adamkiewicz, Harvard School of Public Health
Suzanne Condon, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Rhona Julien, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1
- Ron Kraatz, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Gail Livingston, Boston Housing Authority
Martin Nee (ex-officio), US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Betsy F. Rosenfeld, US Department of Health and Human Services Region I (New England)
Rick Rumba, WorkWISE NH
Megan Sandel, Boston Medical Center
- Peter Simon, Rhode Island Department of Health
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