Study: County’s Poorer Kids Hit Hard by Asthma
Hamilton County’s hospital admission rate for asthma of 5.1 per 1,000 children is roughly twice that of the national rate, according to a Cincinnati Children’s study.
About 23 percent of the 91 county communities studied showed an admission rate for children of 17.6 per 1,000, according to data published in the electronic version of the Journal of Pediatrics. Evanston/East Walnut Hills, Elmwood Place, Over-the-Rhine, Mount Auburn and Corryville all had rates of 20 per 1,000 or higher.
The median household income in communities with the top 20 percent of admissions was near the federal poverty level, $23,908 for a four-person household.
“There is a broad disparity across the board and great evidence that shows the link between substandard housing and asthma,” said Andrew Beck, a Cincinnati Children’s pediatrician, asthma expert and lead author of the study.
The study data can be used to target intervention programs by public health departments.
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