The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional offices in San Francisco have partnered to share information to reduce health risks related to secondhand smoke and other environmental asthma triggers for young children and their families and to provide asthma prevention resources to increase awareness amongst our grantees and partners.
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, impacting the lives of families of 7.1 million children nationwide. Asthma disproportionally affects children, families with lower incomes and minorities; studies have documented that pre-school aged children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at a greater risk for developing asthma. Additionally, low-income families living in substandard housing are more likely to be exposed to indoor asthma triggers such as dust mites, molds and mildew, animal dander, and pests such as cockroaches and mice.
We hope you will find the resource links below useful in guiding your efforts to educate staff and families about asthma environmental triggers and prevention practices. If you would like more information on asthma prevention, or if you are interested in learning more through an informational webinar on asthma prevention, please contact Barbara Spark at (415) 947-4189 Spark.Barbara@epa.gov or Callen Kurpinsky at (415) 437-7571 Callen.Kurpinsky@acf.hhs.gov.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Asthma Website
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Asthma Website - Spanish
Promoting Smoke-free Homes for Head Start Families
California Breathing: Initiatives and Information for Asthma Advocates in California
Asthma Community Network: Communities in Action
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