Community health workers have identified mold as a contributing factor to higher rates of asthma-related hospitalization and death among low-income adults.
A recent study used survey results from community health workers in Philadelphia. Many adults on low-incomes in the city live in rundown row homes built in the late 19th century. Mold is a common issue in such properties and residents suffering from asthma and various comorbidities often can't afford expensive mold remediation work that would improve their health (please see '5 Step Environmental Mold Removal' for our guide to an affordable approach).
Researchers from the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who conducted the research, state that nationally the highest rates of asthma-related deaths and hospitalizations are among low-income minority adults, but most existing research doesn't focus on these patients.