Environmental Asthma

Addressing triggers in both outdoor air and indoor environments is essential to improving asthma. Even the best clinical management can be undermined by the presence of triggers in the environment. Poor outdoor air quality due to proximity to ports, freeways, industrial facilities, and other sources of air pollutants is more prevalent in low income communities and communities of color, particularly African American and Latino. Similarly, substandard housing that produces asthma triggers is more likely to exist in the same communities. Effective strategies to reduce environmental triggers need to include institutional and political decisions that affect the daily living conditions in these neighborhoods. Additionally, strategies with an increased focus on how land use and transportation decisions together create a built environment that contributes to or reduces asthma risk are very important. This section provides information and strategies related to inequitable environmental factors impacting asthma.