[Excerpt from news reporting by Sujata Srinivasan, June 9, 2023]

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that housing discrimination exacerbates asthma symptoms in children. [....]

According to DataHaven's 2023 Community Wellbeing Index, Hartford residents are 2.4 times more likely to go to the emergency room due to asthma when compared to residents of surrounding towns. The study notes that Hartford averages 53 days per year of “poor” air quality or worse. Just thirty miles away, Stafford averages 28 days per year. [....]

Researchers of the JAMA Baltimore study pointed to structural racism driving disproportionally high asthma rates in children living in disadvantaged, urban neighborhoods. The study found that children in Baltimore who moved from high-poverty to low-poverty census tracts saw improvements in the number of asthmatic days. [....]