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Battling Childhood Asthma

July/August 2006
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2006 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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June 22, 2006
A better tomorrow for all of us depends on creating healthy living conditions for children in affordable housing.
        While childhood asthma rates nationally are estimated to be 5%–10% of the population, rates in urban neighborhoods of Boston are in the 25% range, and rates among public housing children may be even higher, based on studies by Boston area pediatricians and academics.The Healthy Public Housing Initiative (HPHI), a Boston-based project to improve the health of children with asthma living in public housing by improving their home environment, has completed its initial work. Much of our effort focused on pest control and the reduction of pestrelated allergens and asthma triggers.

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