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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: California (cont'd) Back to Index

ACT-PN: Organizing the Community to Target Poor Latino Children with Asthma

University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

Mary Ann Lewis, Dr. PH, RN, FAAN

(310) 825-8476         

Mlewis@sonnet.ucla.edu

A community-university partnership that works to improve outcomes of care for poor Latino children (aged 7-14 years) with asthma in East Los Angeles was based on development of a community infrastructure. A family-centered 3-session educational program, ACT-PN, involved over 500 families. The Association of Latinos with Asthma and Allergy Symptoms (ALAAS) was formed. Parents report reductions in hospitalizations, emergency room, and acute care visits. Survival of the infrastructure following the end of grant funds is unlikely unless other resources offset the costs of volunteerism among poor families. Block grants to community agencies from established fund-raising groups might reduce dependency-producing practices currently employed to "help" the poor.

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