Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)
Northern Manhattan Asthma Basics for Children
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
New York, NY
Sally E. Findley
The Northern Manhattan Asthma Basics for Children program was begun by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2001 to serve low-income, Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino children with asthma in New York, NY. The program aims to achieve better asthma management and a reduction in the burden of acute asthma for families in Northern Manhattan through system, community and individual level change.
Northern Manhattan Asthma Basics for Children (ABC) conducts trainings with early childhood educators on-site at schools, daycares and Head Start, homeless shelters, faith-based organizations and with families using tailored comprehensive ABC Handbooks. These handbooks offer basic asthma education and as appropriate, information on creating asthma action plans, communication with physicians, and a guide to conducting similar trainings within the organization. The program also offers a modified version of PACE to clinic staff and community physicians.
Through screenings, ABC has identified over 4000 children with asthma or asthma symptoms in the area. Program evaluation has demonstrated a positive impact on emergency room visits and symptoms.
The program is ongoing.
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