2002 Regular Session
By: Representative Fleming
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING FEBRUARY AS AFRICAN AMERICAN ASTHMA AWARENESS MONTH FOR THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.
WHEREAS, asthma is the number one health cause for school absences among African Americans; and
WHEREAS, 12 to 15% of African-American children will have asthma during childhood; and
WHEREAS, since 1987, the death rate of African Americans attributed to asthma is 40 times higher than whites; and
WHEREAS, African-American children visiting the emergency room for asthma related illnesses on high pollution days increases by 20% in most urban areas:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE SENATE CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby recognize the month of February as African American Asthma Awareness Month for the State of Mississippi.