UPHE and UDHHS help put air purifiers in local schools

In an historic, far reaching clean air initiative, UPHE and the Utah Department of Health and Human Services (UDHHS) have joined forces to launch a project to place air purifiers in every K through 12 school classrooms in the state. The funding comes from a federal grant, ELC Reopening Schools Grant. 

A wealth of medical research has shown that even low levels of air pollution can impair brain development, cognition, memory, and learning capability, and can increase the severity and transmissibility of infectious diseases like COVID-19.  Putting air purifiers in schools will improve student performance, make classrooms safer, reduce absenteeism, and will improve the overall health of students and teachers.

The program was covered by several news outlets last week, including UPR, KSL and ABC4

Read the Standard Examiner’s coverage here.

Read the Daily Herald’s coverage here.

If you work in a public, private or charter school in Utah, or have children in school and would like to see air purifiers in your school, please reach out to brandi@uphe.org to learn more about how to secure them!

The funding goes until July 2023. 

Read our press release on the program here.

Visit the program web page here.