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. 2018 Apr 16;18(5):29. doi: 10.1007/s11882-018-0782-x.


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.

Keywords: Air pollution; Asthma; Ethnicity; Health disparities; Race.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollution / adverse effects*
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Asthma / ethnology*
  • Asthma / genetics
  • Child
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Racial Groups
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / ethnology