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A blueprint for a plan to reduce the rates of asthma among low-income and minority children was released Thursday, an effort taken on by several federal agencies.

The suggestion is to develop a multi-pronged approach to reach patients who seem to be consistently alienated from asthma care. Minorities would best be served if barriers to care were reduced, ways to deliver care were enhanced, interventions were instituted and communities most likely to have asthma were targeted, according to the plan that will be carried about by the Environmental Protection Agency and Health and Human Services, among other federal agencies.

The timeline for delivering on these suggestions is 3 to 5 years.
“Low-income and minority communities often face an unacceptable burden of pollution in this country, diminishing their economic potential and threatening the health of millions of American families,” said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

Minority and low-income children suffer from the disease most, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control. About 16 percent of African American children have asthma, while the rate for Hispanics is 8 percent. Of Latinos, Puerto Ricans are hardest hit with 16.5 percent showing signs of the affliction. Mexicans reported 7 percent. Blacks and Puerto Ricans have asthma at rates more than double that of Caucasian children in the United States.

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