Houston Asthma Prevention and Control

Child in wheelchair, outside during autumn

Our mission is to reduce the burden of asthma for all by engaging in scholarly research, providing leadership at the city level to support asthma-friendly policies and working in partnership to bring community-based interventions that reduce the negative health impacts for individuals struggling with asthma today, especially children.

Community-Based Asthma Initiatives

  • Houston Asthma Coalition and Environmental Mobile Unit: The Houston Asthma Coalition is a network of medical providers, public health specialists, environmental health advocates, educators, parents, and community members with a commitment to reducing the burden of asthma across Greater Houston and Texas.
  • Hurricane COAG Grant: In 2018, the Houston Health Department received a Hurricane CoAg grant from the CDC to undertake surveillance of children with asthma who lived in neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Through this grant, the Bureau of Community and Children's Environmental Health was able to identify children who had been admitted to an emergency room due to an asthma attack, conduct a phone survey with caregivers of these same children, and analyze the data to quantify the specific experience of these families in relation to their child’s asthma. The goal of this project is to inform future targeted interventions.
  • Pediatric Asthma Treatment in the Home Stretch (PATHS)
  • Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Data and Publications