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Houston Health Department

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.


Fine Particulate Matter Associated with Increased Mortality in Houston

Fine particulate matter released from a variety of sources in Houston was associated with slight increased mortality risk from 2000 to 2011, according to research from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The research results were published recently in Science of the Total Environment.



The American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air report.


Air Alliance Houston
Air Alliance Houston is the leading environmental health and air quality advocacy nonprofit in the Houston region.  Air Alliance’s mission is to reduce air pollution in the Houston region to protect public health and environmental integrity through research, education, and advocacy.  We teach, we learn, we clear the air.


University of Houston Air Quality Forecasting Tool
The website that allows users to view an air quality forecast over the southeast region of Texas. Forecasts represent 48-hr animations produced by our two models, each with a meteorological profile, mixing ratios of tracer species, and available for six different levels in our lower atmosphere.


The Houston Clean Air Network
The Houston Clean Air Network is a collaboration between local non-profits, businesses, researchers, and government agencies who share the goal of protecting public health from air pollution.  The HCAN website uses up-to-the-minute data from all of our region’s 40+ ozone monitors, as well as data from over 100 weather stations, to give real-time ozone information for the entire Houston region.  The map helps Houstonians to make intelligent, informed decisions to limit their exposure to ozone pollution.


Rice University Statistics Department                                                                                                     The Rice Statistics Department, established in 1987, aims to find correlations between observation and theory to make important discoveries in academia, business, and government. The Department has about 50 faculty and 90 students and offers many research and education programs for a variety of degrees.


AIRNOW                                                                                                                                                AIRNOW provides an index for reporting daily air quality.  The index shows how clean or polluted the outdoor air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for a person. AIRNOW collects information with federal reference or equivalent monitoring techniques.


City of Houston Health and Human Services Department                                                                          The Houston Health and Human Services Department (HDHHS) offers conventional public health services and education to improve the health and knowledge of the Houston community. Currently directed by Stephen L. Williams, the Department aims to better public health, environmental health, and the community. The Department reports disease information, provides aid and healthcare to the community, and records and manages pollution.


Green Houston                                                                                                                                        Green Houston is an organization that wants to improve the environmental health of Houston by reducing pollution, encouraging sustainability, and educating the community. Green Houston has many projects related to reducing CO2 emissions, providing locally grown food, and redeveloping brownfields (lands previously used by industry).







Last updated 5/8/2015
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