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Asthma Publications and Resources


  1. Public Health Impacts from Climate Change [2008]
    Basu R, English P
  2. Environmental Health Indicators of Climate Change for the United States: Findings from the State Environmental Health Indicator Collaborative
    English P, Sinclair A, Ross Z, Anderson H, Boothe V, Davis C, Ebi K, Kagey B, Malecki K, Shultz R, Simms E.
  3. A Breath of Fresh Air: How environmentalists, health experts, and poverty advocates are forging new coalitions to tackle an urban asthma epidemic [2005]
    Lomax G, Roberts E, English P 
  4. Are frequent asthma symptoms among low-income individuals related to heavy traffic near homes, vulnerabilities, or both?  [2007]
    Meng YY, Wilhelm M, Rull RP, English P, Nathan S, Ritz B.
  5. Traffic and outdoor air pollution levels near residences and poorly controlled asthma in adults [2007]
    Meng YY, Wilhelm M, Rull RP, English P, Ritz B
  6. Progress in Pediatric Asthma Surveillance I: The Application of Health Service Utilization Data in Alameda County, CA [2006]
    Roberts E, English P, Van den Eeeden S, Ray G.
  7. Progress in Pediatric Asthma Surveillance II: Geospatial Patterns of Asthma in Alameda County, California [2006]
    Roberts E, English P, Wong M, Wolff C, Valdez S, Van den Eeden S, Ray G.
  8. Use of health information in air pollution health research: past successes and emerging needs [2009]
    Thurston GD, Bekkedal MY, Roberts EM, Ito K, Pope CA, Glenn BS, Ozkaynak H, Utell
  9. Environmental Public Health Tracking of Childhood Asthma Using California Health Interview Survey, Traffic and Outdoor Air Pollution Data [2008]
    Wilhelm M, Meng Y, Rull R, English P, Balmes J, Ritz B


California Breathing (CB) 

The state asthma surveillance program, analyzes and disseminates asthma data and information for purposes of reducing the overall burden of asthma. A few of CB's more recent publications with asthma data include "California Breathing: County Asthma Profiles"and an annual surveillance report.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

BRFSS is a telephone administered survey given to a random sample of U.S. residents sampled by state. The survey includes questions on major behavioral outcomes and risks among adults, including asthma. The BRFSS has included asthma questions since 1999 and allows state estimates of asthma prevalence.

BRFSS Asthma Call-back Survey

This survey is administered to those respondents in the BRFSS survey who reported having asthma. The survey asks extensive questions on asthma symptoms and medication utilization.

National Asthma Survey (NAS)

The NAS was conducted in 2003 to examine the health, socioeconomic, behavioral, and environmental predictors that relate to better asthma control. The NAS was adapted to become the BRFSS Asthma Call-back Survey.

National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH)

The NSCH was conducted in 2003-2004, 2007, 2011-2012, and 2016 to examine the physical and emotional health of children ages 0-17, including an extensive set of questions about asthma.

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

The NHIS is the principal source of data and information on the health of the U.S. population. The NHIS has been conducted since 1957 although asthma questions weren't introduced until 1997.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

The NHANES was designed to collect health and diet information on the U.S. population. NHANES consists of a home interview along with health tests conducted in a Mobile Examination Center (MEC). Various versions of asthma questions have been included in NHANES since 1971 and beginning in 2007, a respiratory test was included in the health tests conducted in the MEC.

National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS)

The NLS is conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics designed to gather information on labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. In 1986, a separate survey was developed to gather demographic and development information on the children born to the female respondents. This survey included questions on asthma.

International Study of Allergies and Asthma in Children (ISAAC)

ISAAC was formed in 1991 to facilitate research into asthma and allergies in children by promoting a standard methodology that is used internationally.

National asthma data from vital statistics records

In addition to prevalence data, asthma mortality data is collected at a national level using a national vital statistics data system.

National Vital Statistics System (NVSS)

The National Center for Health Statistics collects and disseminates data on births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages and divorces for the U.S. via the NVSS. Vital statistics are available on-line and users can calculate counts and rates of deaths due to asthma for the U.S. and by state.

National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS)

The NHDS, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics since 1965, collects data from a sample of approximately 270,000 inpatient records from a national sample of 500 hospitals. Using this data, researchers can estimate hospitalizations due to asthma nationally and by region.

National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)

The NHAMCS is designed to collect data and information on the utilization and provision of ambulatory care services at hospital emergency and outpatient departments, based on a national sample of hospitals. Researchers can use NHAMCS data to estimate emergency department visit rates due to asthma.

CDC National Environmental Health Tracking Program (EHTP) Portal

The National EHTP portal provides consistent data and measures for asthma hospitalizations for the states funded by the CDC EPHT program. The asthma hospitalization data presented on the national portal are gathered by each EPHT program from each state's hospital discharge database.