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.
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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.
For more information and quick facts, see the following resources:
· One-page fact sheet (PDF) (2 pp., 288 K)
· News Release: Obama Administration Working to Close Racial, Ethnic Gap on Asthma/Asthma disproportionately affects minority children, children living below poverty level [05/31/2012]
For more information go to http://www.epa.gov/childrenstaskforce/index.html