Research Goals & Questions
What’s missing? / Overarching goal:
- Despite improving air quality as reported in the 2017 Community Health Assessment, asthma is still a major health problem in Philadelphia with some low-income communities affected significantly more than others.
- In North and West Philadelphia where child asthma hospitalization rates are highest, there is a lack of air monitors in these affected communities.
- Thus, the air quality information that is recorded on the city’s air monitors may not accurately reflect the air quality in these areas of Philadelphia with high asthma rates.
- Does ground level air quality differ in underserved communities of Philadelphia and how much does it differ from the air quality that is recorded by the City of Philadelphia's monitors?
- What is the impact of local air pollution events (e.g. fires, truck traffic, local industry emissions, noxious smells) on local community health?
- How can we increase awareness and knowledge of the impact the environment has on personal health, and the steps to take in reporting environmental code violations?
Recommended CitationZerbo, Russell; Koerner, Karl; Minott, Joseph; and Li, Jonathan C., "Community Air Quality Monitoring" (2018). Student Papers & Posters. Paper 22.