Air Quality Health Index

Risk communication is an underutilized tool in reducing the public health impacts of air pollution. Currently, air quality risks are typically reported to the public in broad categories: good moderate, unhealthy, etc. Unfortunately, among other limitations of the current index, the majority of air pollution related health effects are occurring on days described as good or moderate.  A better index is needed in order to reduce public health risks through behavioral modification. The Marron Institute is developing an improved health based air quality index which will allow the public to make individual decisions in regards to their outdoor activities, similar to how people use daily temperature reports.  Dissemination of the index will begin in major urban cities starting in 2016.