Multimedia Series Looks at Tremendous Burden of Asthma in the Bay Area

Hospitalizations costing thousands of dollars. Missed school days costing educational opportunities. The many costs of asthma in the Bay Area are detailed in a new multimedia series published by the Bay Area News Group. The report profiles different families with asthma, offers an interactive  map to analyze zip codes with high asthma hospitalization rates, and points to environmental factors that contribute to the problem like substandard housing and air pollution from freeways and industrial facilities. The series is now online and will be updated in the coming weeks. The local NPR station also covered the story and can be heard here.