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

United States

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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

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.