The IDPH Radon Program recently nominated two organizations for their work in radon awareness, education, and mitigation. The nominations resulted in the Environmental Protection Agency awarding the Regional Radon Award to Linn County Public Health and the Iowa Cancer Consortium at a meeting in West Des Moines last week. Radon officials from Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas met to discuss common radon issues between states and explore better ways to reduce radon exposure.
Linn County Public Health was recognized for their expertise and willingness to troubleshoot tough issues with colleagues in areas outside of Linn County. “The Radon program in Linn County has empowered colleagues across Iowa to create local policy and heighten awareness about radon and other indoor air quality issues,” said Ken Sharp, director of the Division of Environmental Health at IDPH. Additionally, in November 2013, Linn County partnered with the University of Iowa and local medical providers to host a two-day educational session for area residents and medical providers in Cedar Rapids.
The Iowa Cancer Consortium earned praise from the federal agency for their collaboration with numerous government and private entities to educate a wide range of audiences about radon. “Through their outreach,” explained Sharp, “the radon industry and the medical community have been brought together to help educate all professionals involved in radon.”
Radon is a natural radioactive gas that can cause cancer. You can’t see, smell or taste it, but radon may be in your home. IDPH encourages all Iowans to test their home for radon. Visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Radon/ for more information and for resources tailored for health professionals, homeowners, and citizens.