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Center for Indoor Environments and Health

The Center for Indoor Environments and Health (CIEH) at UConn Health provides educational services and training assistance, works on research programs to further the understanding of indoor environments and health, supports the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic, provides expertise to the state and local health departments and school as well as school and office communities to improve the environment when a building’s condition has contributed to occupant’s experiencing worrisome health symptoms.

Services include guidance on managing indoor environmental problems and communicating the risk to the affected community, tracking and evaluating occupants’ health symptoms, assessing the building for causes of poor indoor air quality, and advising on engineering and technical resources that reduce the risk of health symptoms. 

We seek to accomplish this mission by focusing the public health, research and clinical capabilities of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at UConn Health on the challenge of addressing poor indoor environments and improving the human health consequences from exposures in these environments.

Our mission is to:

  • Promote indoor environments that protect the health of building occupants and provide productive, creative spaces for learning and work
  • Advance knowledge among health practitioners and environmental health professionals regarding the relationship between indoor environmental factors and adverse health effects, particularly respiratory health outcomes

The UConn Center for Indoor Environments and Health:

  • Provides public health resources for communities, school districts, teachers, other building occupants and owners, and state and local health officials to evaluate and solve problems of indoor environmental quality
  • Prioritizes approaches to remediation for problem buildings to optimize use of scarce resources and focus on occupant health
  • Develops educational tools regarding the relationship between indoor environmental factors and adverse health effects
  • Improves the understanding of prevalence and severity of asthma and other environmentally related illnesses, especially among office workers, teachers and school children.

Contact Us

Paula Schenck, M.P.H.

UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Phone: 860-679-2368
Fax: 860-679-1349

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