This ScienceServ explores how environmental contaminants can contribute to or exacerbate asthma, highlighting primary prevention strategies to reduce exposures. We do this by fostering discussion and distributing science-based articles and reports about asthma’s connections to toxic chemicals and other factors, such as nutrition, the built environment and socioeconomic status. Many of these factors interact in promoting asthma and attacks. We aim to create collaborative opportunities among researchers, advocates, public health professionals, patients, and healthcare providers to reduce the burden of asthma in the community. We also host partnership calls, listed to the left, that feature new research and innovative efforts to apply the emerging science towards asthma reduction and prevention.
This ScienceServ is co-coordinated by Polly Hoppin, ScD, program director at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and CHE's science advisor.
CHE does not take a stance on specific legislation nor sign petitions and the like. Rather, we investigate and discuss the scientific foundation for more health-protective policies in a civil tone. For posting guidelines and etiquette, please see our CHEtiquette.