Air Quality Resources for Professionals
Below you’ll find a variety of helpful resources about air quality for public health professionals — including research, data, tools for tracking the health impact of air pollution, and more.
Data on Air Quality
Use these links to find the latest data on air quality — and learn about data collection methods.
Current Air Quality Information
Use these links to get live updates about air quality.
- AirNow (EPA)external icon
- EnviroFlash (EPA)external icon
- National Weather Service Air Quality Forecastexternal icon
The Health Impact of Air Pollution
Use these tools to help you stay up to date about the health impact of air quality.
- Patient Education Tools for Particle Pollutionexternal icon
- Effects of Common Air Pollutants pdf icon[PDF – 788 KB]external icon
- Health Impacts of Fine Particles in Air
- Outdoor Air Communication Tools
Training for Health Care Providers
- Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Healthexternal icon
- Wildfire Smoke and Your Patients’ Healthexternal icon
These toolkits can help you communicate with consumers about public health issues related to air pollution.
- Asthma and Air Pollution: A Tool Kit pdf icon[PDF – 726 KB]
- Heart Health and Air Pollution: A Tool Kit pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB]
You can also share this podcast with tips for avoiding the harmful health effects of poor air quality.
Information on Air Pollutants
Find information about EPA-classified air pollutants.
Research from CDC
Below you’ll find research on air quality and its health effects.
Publications from the International Biomass Smoke Health Effects Conference (IBSHE)
- Biomass Smoke Exposures: Health Outcomes Measures and Study Design pdf icon[PDF – 573 KB]
- Biomass Smoke Exposures: Toxicology and Animal Study Design pdf icon[PDF – 829 KB]
- Conference Summary: International Biomass Smoke Health Effects (IBSHE) pdf icon[PDF – 733 KB]
- Public Communication in Unplanned Biomass Burning Events pdf icon[PDF – 174 KB]
- Wood Smoke Risk Assessment: Defining the Questions pdf icon[PDF – 951 KB]
Check out the other most recent research and reports listed by year.
- Joseph G, Schramm PJ, Vaidyanathan A, Breysse P, Goodwin B. “Evidence on the Use of Indoor Air Filtration as an Intervention for Wildfire Smoke Pollutant Exposure pdf icon[PDF – 3.61 MB]” BRACE Technical Report Series 2020.
- Lynch KM, Mirabelli MC. “Outdoor Air Quality Awareness, Perceptions, and Behaviors Among U.S. Children Aged 12–17 Years, 2015–2018external icon.” Journal of Adolescent Health 2020.
- Mirabelli MC, Ebelt S, Damon SA. “Air Quality Index and air quality awareness among adults in the United States”external icon Environmental Research 2020.
- Navarro K., Vaidyanathan A. “Notes from the Field : Understanding Smoke Exposure in Communities and Fire Camps Affected by Wildfires: A Summary of CDC’s Response to Two Major Wildfires–California and Oregon, 2020.” MMWR 2020.
- Pennington AF, Sircar K, Hsu J, Zahran HS, Damon SA, Mirabelli MC. “Communication channels for air quality alerts in the United Statesexternal icon.” Preventive Medicine Reports 2019; 14: epub.
- Mirabelli MC, Boehmer TK, Damon SA, Sircar KD, Wall HK, Yip FY, Zahran HS, Garbe, PL. “Air Quality Awareness Among U.S. Adults With Respiratory and Heart Diseaseexternal icon.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2018; 54 (5): 679-687.
- Mirabelli MC, Damon SA, Beavers SF, Sircar KD. “Patient–Provider Discussions About Strategies to Limit Air Pollution Exposuresexternal icon.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2018; 55(2): e49-e52.
- Vaidyanathan A, Fuyuen Yip F, Garbe P. “Developing an online tool for identifying at-risk populations to wildfire smoke hazardsexternal icon.” Science of the Total Environment 619–620. 2018:376–383.
- Yip F, Christensen B, Sircar K, Naeher L, Bruce N, Pennise D, Lozier M, Pilishvili T, Farrar J, Stanistreet D, Nyagol R, Muoki J, de Beer L, Sage M, Kapil V. “Traditional and Improved Stove Use on Household Air Pollution and Personal Exposures in Rural Western Kenya.external icon” Environment International. 2017; 99:185–191.
- Byers N, Ritchey M, Vaidyanathan A, Brandt A, Yip F. “Short-term effects of ambient air pollutants on asthma-related emergency department visits in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2007-2011.”external icon J Asthma. 2016; 53:245-252.
- Heinzerling A, Hsu J, Yip F. “Respiratory Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles in Children: A Literature Review.” Water Air Soil Pollut. 2016; Epub ahead of print. Abstractexternal icon
- Lozier MJ, Sircar K, Christensen B, Pillarisetti A, Pennise D, Bruce N, Stanistreet D, Naeher L, Pilishvili T, Loo Farrar J, Sage M, Nyagol R, Muoki J, Wofchuck T, Yip F. “Use of Temperature Sensors to Determine Exclusivity of Improved Stove Use and Associated Household Air Pollution Reductions in Kenya.”external icon Environ Sci Technol. 2016; 50(8):4564-71.
- Mirabelli MC, Vaidyanathan A, Flanders WD, Qin X, Garbe P. “Outdoor PM2.5, Ambient Air Temperature, and Asthma Symptoms in the Past 14 Days among Adults with Active Asthma.”external icon Environ Health Perspect. 2016: Epub ahead of print.
- Association of short-term exposure to ground-level ozone and respiratory outpatient clinic visits in a rural location – Sublette County, Wyoming, 2008-2011.external icon
- Residential Proximity to Major Highways — United States, 2010 (MMWR)
- Statistical Air Quality Predictions for Public Health Surveillance: Evaluation and Generation of County Level Metrics of PM2.5 for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Networkexternal icon (International Journal of Health Geographics)
- Obstructive Lung Disease and Exposure to Burning Biomass Fuel in the Indoor Environmentexternal icon (Global Heart)
- Winter Temperature Inversions and Emergency Department Visits for Asthma in Salt Lake County, Utah, 2003-2008external icon (Environmental Health Perspectives)
- Effectiveness of Home-Based Multi-Trigger, Multicomponent Interventions with an Environmental Focus for Reducing Asthma Morbidity: A Community Guide Systematic Review — Abstractexternal icon (American Journal of Preventive Medicine)
- Unhealthy Air Quality — United States, 2006–2009 (CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
- Public Communication in Unplanned Biomass Burning Events pdf icon[PDF – 175 KB] (Inhalation Toxicology)
- Using Logic Models as Iterative Tools for Planning and Evaluating Physical Activity Promotion Programs in Curitiba, Brazilexternal icon (Journal of Physical Activity and Health)