The share of the adult population that has been diagnosed with and currently has asthma. Universe includes the adult population ages 18 or older. No data is reported for demographic subgroups with insufficient sample sizes. Data represents a 2008-2012 average. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Percent of adults with asthma, ranked:
Why it matters
Healthy neighborhoods provide residents with access to parks, healthy food, clean air, safe streets, and health care and social services. Many of the neighborhoods where low-income people and people of color live lack these health-promoting ingredients, and these groups are more likely to suffer from obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
Grow an equitable economy: Policies to promote healthy communities for all
- Establish a coordinated, statewide asthma surveillance system
- Require a health impact assessment of land use planning and development for potential threats to outdoor air quality
- Reduce hazardous chemicals, pesticides and emissions from industrial plants, automobiles, and diesel engines
- Target green investments and jobs to communities with high health risks and inequities
- Grant local government the authority and capacity to take legal action and enforce indoor air quality standards and laws ,
- Train housing inspection agencies to identify and address indoor air quality issues in high risk communities
- Increase access to legal services and resources that enable tenants to enforce local laws and take action against landlords and building management companies
- Prioritize investments in public transportation, convert buses to clean energy, and minimize idling at bus stops
West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT) Tackles Indoor Mold
In 2004, West Harlem Environmental Action launched Our Housing is Our Health (OHOH) Campaign to address housing issues impacting the health of low-income communities of color in Northern Manhattan and throughout NYC. In 2006, they launched the “Mold is Taking Hold” campaign focused on indoor mold within the city’s low-income housing. WE ACT co-released a report confirming that reports of mold contamination – a severe asthma trigger – had been increasing over 5 years. As a result of those efforts, the city’s toxic mold policy was improved. This was a huge win, particularly for families of color living in poorer neighborhoods like Harlem, where 25% of children suffer from asthma. Read more.