Asthma is the leading chronic disorder in children nationally and 20 percent of Franklin County children have asthma. Currently, Columbus ranks 34th among the 100 asthma capital (the most challenging places to live with asthma).
Nationally, asthma affects more than one child in 20. Poor air quality plus exposure to allergens such as cockroaches and mold tend to push up asthma rates in urban areas. Poor children suffer most from asthma, their health further compromised by lack of insurance and inadequate medical care.