Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
Children and Asthma
Help EPA Attack Childhood Asthma
Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects approximately 7 million children in the U.S. Although there is no cure for asthma yet, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers.
Everyone in a community has a role in attacking childhood asthma. Here are a few actions that you can take:
- Learn about asthma, environmental triggers and what you can do to control them.
- Plan or participate in an Asthma Awareness Month event this May.
- Talk to a nurse, the school board, the principal, the PTA or other leaders in your school district about how they can help students by controlling asthma triggers.
- Partner with EPA to provide brochures on environmental asthma management in health clinics, pediatrician’s offices, and emergency rooms in your community.
For more information on partnering with EPA on asthma, contact the EPA Region 9 Indoor Environments Team:
These Web pages provide an overview of the prevalence of asthma in children, asthma research and intervention efforts, and additional asthma resources for each of the states in EPA's Pacific Southwest Region. There is considerable variation between states in the information available. Also, there are some important differences (such as racial diversity or percent living in poverty) between the populations of children in each state, which may play a role in asthma rates.
Public Service Announcements
Indoor Air: Tools for Schools video
Fight Childhood Asthma
(MP3 audio files)
Household articles that might trigger attacks
2nd Hand Smoke
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