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Environmental Public Health Tracking of Childhood Asthma Using California Health Interview Survey, Traffic, and Outdoor Air Pollution Data (Environmental Health Perspectives)

September 1, 2008

CHIS Journal Article

Authors: Michelle Wilhelm, PhD, Ying-Ying Meng, DrPH, Rudolph P. Rull, L. Bakhtiar, Paul English, John Balmes, MD

Despite extensive evidence that air pollution affects childhood asthma, state-level and national-level tracking of asthma outcomes in relation to air pollution is limited. The authors evaluated the feasibility of linking the 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), air monitoring and traffic data; estimate associations between traffic density (TD) or outdoor air pollutant concentrations and childhood asthma morbidity; and evaluate the usefulness of such databases, linkages, and analyses to Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT).

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