Houston Asthma Prevention and Control

Child playing surrounded by colorful plastic balls
Two children with parents inside cardboard tent
Girl playing the piano
Girl with father, her hands are wrapped around his neck
Girl using finger paints. She has paint all over her face.
Girl in science class, holding a Lego robot
Parents with child under blanket tent
Girl in classroom playing with Legos
Parents with child playing video games
Children running outside through soap bubbles in a park
Two children baking and laughing
Group photo of kids smiling

Our mission is to reduce the burden of asthma for all by engaging in scholarly research, providing leadership at the city level to support asthma-friendly policies and working in partnership to bring community-based interventions that reduce the negative health impacts for individuals struggling with asthma today, especially children.

Asthma Air Aware Day Warnings

The Houston Health Department issues an Asthma Air Aware Day Warning when outdoor air conditions are similar to days when Houstonians historically experience a high number of asthma problems. Houstonians with asthma should be mindful of the potential risk on Asthma Air Aware Days.

Receive Asthma Air Aware Day Warnings via email, text and/or voice call by registering for AlertHouston.

Air Quality Index Dashboard

Every day the Air Quality Index (AQI) from EPA/AirNow tells you how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, along with associated health effects that may be of concern. AQI translates air quality data into numbers and colors that help people understand when to take action to protect their health.

Air Quality Forecast

Sign up to receive today's Texas Air Quality Forecast and Ozone Action Day e-mail alerts from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

Community-Based Asthma Initiatives

  • Houston Asthma Coalition and Environmental Mobile Unit: The Houston Asthma Coalition is a network of medical providers, public health specialists, environmental health advocates, educators, parents, and community members with a commitment to reducing the burden of asthma across Greater Houston and Texas.
  • Hurricane COAG Grant: In 2018, the Houston Health Department received a Hurricane CoAg grant from the CDC to undertake surveillance of children with asthma who lived in neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Through this grant, the Bureau of Community and Children's Environmental Health was able to identify children who had been admitted to an emergency room due to an asthma attack, conduct a phone survey with caregivers of these same children, and analyze the data to quantify the specific experience of these families in relation to their child’s asthma. The goal of this project is to inform future targeted interventions.
  • Pediatric Asthma Treatment in the Home Stretch (PATHS)
  • Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Data and Publications