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.

Approximately 86,000 low-income children, ages 0-17 with asthma in Los Angeles County.

For a $226.7 million investment covering 85,802 low-income children with asthma ($2,642 per child) the following results could be 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 at the Service Planning Area (SPA) level. We use a crosswalk that places ZIP codes into their respective SPA for ZIP level baseline data, so there is no variation in asthma rates between ZIP codes within the same SPA. We also do not have local information on asthma status by income level, instead we use the variance in asthma rates by income for all of Los Angeles. Additionally, data on the incidence of asthma for different age groups of children would have been useful in our modeling efforts.

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