Study Explores Association Between Socioeconomic Status, Air Pollution, and Pediatric Asthma

A February 2017 article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health explores the effects of socioeconomic status on the association between air pollution and pediatric asthma. To understand the effects, researchers obtained emergency department visit data for 5 – 18 year olds with a diagnosis of asthma in Atlanta, Georgia. “Daily ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA)-level concentrations of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, fine particulate matter and elemental carbon were estimated using ambient monitoring data and emissions-based chemical transport model simulations.”

The researchers found stronger associations for air pollution and pediatric asthma in areas where over 20% of the population was living in poverty. They concluded neighborhood level socioeconomic factors contribute to air pollution-related asthma morbidity.

To view the article’s abstract, click here.

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