Why

What

Who

Asthma symptoms can lead to less time in school and more trips to the doctor. While there isn't a cure, the right environment can minimize symptoms, prevent flare-ups, and greatly improve quality of life.

Reduces exposure to multiple indoor asthma triggers (allergens and irritants) through use of home visits by trained personnel to conduct two or more activities with an environmental focus. Activities can include education, assessment and remediation.

We modeled this program for low-income (less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level) families with at least one child, age 0 to 17, who has been diagnosed with asthma.

Approximately 155,000 low-income children currently have asthma in Missouri.

For a $12.5 million investment covering 6,767 low-income children with asthma ($1,852 per child) the following results are expected.

We use a variety of data sources to tailor our analysis to the location and to make our estimates as accurate as possible. However, sometimes data is unavailable, either because it has not been collected, or because it is not shared publicly. We encourage government agencies and other organizations to share their de-identified data online and researchers to prioritize the following gaps in the data. 

Asthma Data - Data for localities is only available for asthma incidence among adults. Therefore, we take the citywide ratio of child to adult prevalence and multiply it by the local adulthood incidence rates to obtain local estimates. We further estimate the rates for the low-income child population with a similar methodology.

Cost per Incident - Our cost measures come from a wide array of sources, most of which are not from Kansas City. Although we do make an effort to adjust these costs to match what they might cost in Kansas City, they are not perfect replacements for finding data of these costs within Kansas City.