Ambient Air Pollution and Asthma-Related Outcomes in Children of Color of the USA: a Scoping Review of Literature Published Between 2013 and 2017


Purpose of Review

Given racial disparities in ambient air pollution (AAP) exposure and asthma risk, this review offers an overview of the literature investigating the ambient air pollution-asthma relationship in children of color between 2013 and 2017.

Recent Findings

AAP is likely a key contributor to the excess burden of asthma in children of color due to pervasive exposure before birth, at home, and in school. Recent findings suggest that psychosocial stressors may modify the relationship between AAP and asthma.


The effect of AAP on asthma in children of color is likely modulated by multiple unique psychosocial stressors and gene-environment interactions. Although children of color are being included in asthma studies, more research is still needed on impacts of specific criteria pollutants throughout the life course. Additionally, future studies should consider historical factors when analyzing current exposure profiles.

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Supported in part by the National Institutes of Health, Koret Foundation. N.T. was supported by career development awards from the NHLBI (K12-HL119997 and K23- HL125551-01A1) and Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program. A.M.N. was supported by a career development award from the NIEHS (K99-ES027511-01A1). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or other funders.

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Nardone, A., Neophytou, A.M., Balmes, J. et al. Ambient Air Pollution and Asthma-Related Outcomes in Children of Color of the USA: a Scoping Review of Literature Published Between 2013 and 2017. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep 18, 29 (2018).

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  • Asthma
  • Air pollution
  • Health disparities
  • Race
  • Ethnicity