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Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities

Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities

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May 22, 2012: "Asthma Disparities: A Disproportionate Burden" by Alisa Smith, Ph.D., Acting Director, Center for Asthma and Schools, IED
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"We must take action for our children's and grandchildren's sake, and we must work together to reduce risks from environmental exposure at home, school, and play areas. Through coordinated efforts like that of the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, my Administration will continue to empower Federal interagency collaboration to help ensure healthy homes and communities exist for our children."

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In May, 2012, the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children released the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities, which is an outcome of the collaborative interagency Asthma Disparities Working Group, co-chaired by HHS, EPA and HUD.

The goal of the Action Plan is to reduce the burden caused by asthma, especially among children — in particular, minority children and children with family incomes below the poverty level. The plan will promote synergy and alignment across numerous federal programs. It emphasizes priority actions that demonstrate a high positive impact on addressing preventable factors that lead to asthma disparities.

Did You Know?

Poor and minority children are more likely to have asthma and their health outcomes are worse. Black children are twice as likely to be hospitalized and four times as likely to die from asthma as white children. In addition, asthma is linked to school performance. Annually, 10.5 million school days are missed due to asthma.

Please support us in communicating this plan to broaden engagement among federal agencies and non-federal partners and increase its reach and impact. The following resources are available to assist your communication efforts:

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