Asthma: The Overlooked Housing Hazard


While efforts to fix lead paint hazards in Grand Rapids are currently in process and in the news, it’s important to remember that asthma is another major health concern for children in the city.

Asthma is the most common chronic childhood condition, and it affects low-income and minority children disproportionately, the highest rates among African-American and Puerto Rican children. Typically, low-income families don’t have access to regular medical care, and have competing family priorities such as food and housing, making asthma maintenance challenging.

Lack of asthma care can create a cycle of struggle for families; kids start to miss school due to asthma symptoms, parents have to miss time at work, and the cost of emergency room visits adds up quickly. Housing plays a major role in asthma risk--common households hazards such as dust mites, pet dander, cockroaches, second-hand smoke, and moisture exacerbate asthma symptoms.

As spring starts, and families begin to open windows and clean out their homes, asthma triggers can become more pronounced, making symptoms worse, and starting the cycle over again. Our home-visit based program can help by identifying and helping manage common asthma triggers at no-cost to qualifying families.

Do you (or someone you know) qualify for our program?

Do you have a child age 0-17 living in your home at least 20 hours per week?

Do you reside in Kent County?

Has your child had two ER visits or been hospitalized due to asthma?

Want more information?

Call us at 616-241-3300 to inquire about our program.


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