Grant helps low-income asthmatic children breathe easier

By: 
Sharon Parmet
Post date: 
July 10, 2015

 

A five-year, $3.2 million federal grant to the University of Illinois at Chicago in partnership with Erie Family Health Center will examine the effectiveness of two interventions to improve asthma control for children in low-income families in Chicago.

Despite environmental laws that have improved air quality — and asthma medications that can reduce symptoms and halt attacks — the number of children with asthma continues to rise in the U.S., disproportionately affecting children in low-income households. In parts of Chicago, one in four children has asthma, the number-one reason for missing school.

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