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Communities of Color Particularly Vulnerable to Asthma
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Communities of Color Particularly Vulnerable to Asthma

Communities of Color Particularly Vulnerable to Asthma

Asthma affects all Americans. But communities of color are particularly vulnerable to respiratory diseases such as asthma.

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The Center for American Progress Action Fund, a sister organization of CAP, is leading a campaign to curb asthma and other harmful health effects from coal-fired power plants. This campaign is already underway and it will continue until July 2, 2011.

Asthma affects all Americans. But communities of color are particularly vulnerable to respiratory diseases such as asthma. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that African American children have the highest number of asthma attacks among all ethnic groups, and Latino children are 60 percent more likely to suffer from asthma attacks than white children. Likewise, more than 71 percent of African Americans and 66 percent of Latinos live in areas that fail to meet one or more of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality standards.

These crippling health disparities are made worse by the fact that communities of color are the least likely to have health insurance and access to treatment and preventive care.

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