In Connecticut, both asthma and housing are serious issues. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data estimates that Connecticut has the second highest childhood asthma rate in the nation. In 2018, nearly one out of every 10 children in the state had asthma.
According to Alice Rosenthal, an attorney that specializes in medical issues of low-income families, and Dr. Ben Oldfield, a family practitioner at FHCHC, the culprits behind Connecticut’s high asthma rates are environmental factors — air pollution, smoking, and poor rental conditions.
FHCHC is determined to make sure our patients are in healthy and safe surroundings. Check out this featured article in the Yale Daily News to learn more about our efforts to improve housing conditions for asthma patients in New Haven.