Housing, Health and Asthma:
The Relationship Between the Home Environment and Asthma
For many people, particularly children, who suffer from asthma, poor conditions in the home environment can be a significant contributor to the severity of their disease.
There is a large and growing body of knowledge regarding housing, health and asthma and its cost to society. As the recent publication of The Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities indicates “Approximately 7 million children aged 0 to 17 in the United States have asthma, with poor and minority children suffering a greater burden of the disease. Asthma persists into adulthood and the costs to society are high: medical expenses associated with asthma are estimated to be $50 billion annually.”
The purpose of this page and resources is to highlight the intersection of housing and health and to promote the adoption of home environmental assessments and education as a standard procedure of public and private health care plans. It will describe current pilot programs and provide information and tools for practitioners. The site will outline the history and goals of environmental Interventions, highlight past and current research into the relationship between the home environment and asthma, describe pilots that effectively address home triggers for asthma, and illustrate tools that may help practitioners develop or refine home intervention programs.