Communities across the nation are joining in the national effort to raise asthma awareness by planning Asthma Awareness Month activities and events.

Download EPA�s Event Planning Kit (http://www.epa.gov/asthma/awm/index.html#Event%20Planning%20Ki) for more ideas, tips, and resources for reaching out to the media.

The Kit includes tips for:

*Holding an asthma awareness event at a school, local hospital or clinic, library, or your state�s capitol building (http://www.epa.gov/asthma/pdfs/awm/ideas_for_activites_pages.pd );

* Distributing asthma materials (flyers, newsletters, etc.) and educating parents about environmental asthma triggers

* Partnering with local organizations to pool resources and increase publicity for your event (http://www.epa.gov/asthma/pdfs/awm/contacts_page.pdf);

* Collaborating with local leaders/celebrities to boost awareness for your campaigns (http://www.epa.gov/asthma/pdfs/awm/proclamation_page.pdf);

* Garnering media attention for your event (http://www.epa.gov/asthma/pdfs/awm/media_outreach_pages.pd )