The Impacts of Short-Term Changes in Air Quality on Emergency Room and Hospital Use in California’s San Joaquin Valley

The findings of a recent study conducted by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute study for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District provide important new regional evidence for the public health consequences of air pollution. This study offers the first local evidence of short-term population-level health effects associated with elevations in PM2.5 and ozone for the San Joaquin Valley, demonstrating linear increases in rates of asthma emergency room and hospital admissions with increasing levels of air pollution, with effects more pronounced for children. To view a report snapshot click here; for the full report click here.