271948 Suffocating Costs: Air Pollution Impacts on Children's Health

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Perry E. Sheffield, MD , Dept of Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Increasing evidence supports an association between air pollutants such as particulate matter and ozone and an ever-growing list of childhood diseases. Respiratory effects are best delineated with notable impacts on asthma and even classically infectious illnesses such as bronchiolitis. This session will review work that has been done to estimate the economic impacts of the various children's health outcomes associated with poor air quality. In addition, specific climate change-related impacts on air quality, with a focus on children's health, will be discussed. This evidence will be used to argue the benefits to children's health that could be achieved with stricter air pollution standards and improved climate change prevention and preparedness actions.

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the effects and resulting economic impacts of increased air pollution on children's health. 2) Articulate several expected impacts that climate change will potentially have air quality and consequently children’s health in the United States.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am trained in pediatric environmental health and have done research and teaching specifically on the impacts of air pollution on children's health.
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.