Assessing Allergens and Respiratory Irritants within Public Housing
Environmental Health Specialist
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Before I begin I would like to acknowledge the assistance of Dr.’s J. Portnoy,
Charles Barnes, and Fred Pacheco in this study.
My finding sources include The Katherine B. Richardson fund,
Children’s Mercy Hospital and the
EPA’s Environmental Justice Program.
My goal tonight is to describe how a simple 20-question
survey may be used to predict asthma and allergy triggers in a home and
specifically within a large number of public housing units.
This survey was designed with the help of allergists to address a wide
variety of housing situations. One preliminary finding is that the homes
In this study lacked many of the features found in single family units such as
Basements, carpeting, vacuum cleaners and fireplaces.
Data for 112 public housing units show that several questions may be used
to predict cat, dust mite and cockroach allergens in homes.