This multi-year effort involves examining children’s exposure to air pollution in 16 communities located throughout Southern California. STI scientists are working collaboratively with researchers at USC’s Keck School of Medicine to perform health exposure assessments for approximately 12,000 study participants. STI staff helped design the study and implement the air monitoring network.
The children's exposure to air pollution is assessed through ambient monitoring, personal sampling, residential monitoring, school-based monitoring, time-activity surveys, housing questionnaires, and exposure modeling. Special analyses include neighborhood-scale modeling of the children's exposure to on-road mobile source emissions. STI is responsible for quality-assuring all exposure-related data used in the study and performing statistical analysis of the temporal and spatial characteristics of ambient pollution levels in the communities.
Several key findings resulted from the Children’s Health Study:
|The Effect of Air Pollution on Lung Development from 10 to 18 Years of Age|
|Effect of Exposure to Traffic on Lung Development from 10 to 18 Years of Age|
|Childhood Asthma and Exposure to Traffic and Nitrogen Dioxide|
|Traffic, Susceptibility, and Childhood Asthma|
|Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Asthma Onset in Children: A Prospective Cohort Study with Individual Exposure Measurement|
|The Effects of Ambient Air Pollution on School Absenteeism Due to Respiratory Illnesses|
|Prospective Study of Air Pollution and Bronchitic Symptoms in Children with Asthma|
|Respiratory Effects of Relocating to Areas of Differing Air Pollution Levels|
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