177084 Poverty is the risk factor for developing asthma

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 9:10 AM

Dmitry Krupitsky, MSPH , Hawaii State Asthma Control Program, Hawaii State Department Of Health, Kapolei, HI
Kathleen K. Baker, PhD , Office of Health Status Monitoring, Hawai`i Department of Health, Honolulu, HI
Florentina Salvail, MSc , Health Risks Epidemiology and Surveillance Section, Hawaii State Department of Health, Honolulu, HI
Hawaii Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2000 -2005 and Hawaii Health Survey (HHS) 1995 -2005 were used to estimate the prevalence of asthma. Both lifetime prevalence of asthma and current asthma prevalence were examined and compared to the state average. Hospital inpatient (1995 - 2005) and emergency department data (2000 -2005) were also examined for health disparities and cost. The health disparities were examined by education level, geographic location, gender and other factors. Results: Low social economic status families have a higher rate of current asthma when compared with the other better of families; these findings are consistent with both BRFSS and HHS. On average 2/3 of all emergency department visits and hospitalizations for asthma are paid by Medicaid/Medicare. Socio-economic environment and support systems must be promoted and or provided and improved for vulnerable segments of the population.

Learning Objectives:
To examine the asthma health disparities by education level, geographic location, gender and other factors.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: - I am the original author - I am the leading epidemiologist in asthma in the state of Hawaii
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.