“A Breath of Air…”

kade rechteroever

A documentary video entitled "A Breath of Air: What Pollution is Doing to Our Children" details the work of USC (Iniversity of Southern California) scientists on the health effects of air pollution on children, and also the community perspective on air pollution in the Los Angeles area.

It was produced and directed by Keren Markuze, with Andrea Hricko, a USC associate professor of preventive medicine at Keck School of Medicine as executive director, with funding from the California Air Resources Board.

Visit www.usc.edu/medicine/scehsc for more information about health research on air pollution.



The video shows the work of USC scientists on the health effects of air pollution, and also the community perspective on air pollution in the Los Angeles area.

To order a free copy of the video (in English or Spanish), please contact the California Air Resources Board at (916) 322-2990 or visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/health/school/chs-vpform.htm

Visit the Web site of the Keck School of Medicine of USC: http://www.usc.edu/schools/medicine/

The video describes the results of the Children's Health Study, a 10-year, 12-community study of the impacts of air pollution on the health of children in southern California. Featured in the video are several families whose children have asthma and are impacted by air pollution; Dr. John Peters, study director, as well as Dr. Jim Gauderman of USC; Dr. Barry Wallerstein and Dr. Alan Lloyd (government regulators of air pollution); and a representative of a community group advocating for cleaner air.


Among other findings, the Children's Health Study shows that children in more polluted communities have slower lung function growth rates and more school absences than children in less polluted communities. And it shows that children who play three or more sports and who live in the more polluted communities have an increased risk of developing asthma compared to children playing sports in the less polluted communities.

The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and the Children’s Environmental Health Center, both based at Keck School of Medicine, USC, produced the video. It was funded by the California Air Resources Board, with additional support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Examples of groups that have already purchased the video and are using it in their educational programs include: school nurses, asthma coalitions, teachers, environmental groups, community-based organizations, environmental justice groups, schools of public health, nursing schools, health departments, and many more.


source: University of Southern California