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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2010
City announces new asthma program
The City of Kansas City, Mo., in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, has initiated a new asthma control and prevention program at the City’s Health Department.
The free program, “Early Childhood Asthma Initiative,” helps to identify key steps that parents and children can take to reduce the severity of asthma with the goal to prevent future asthma attacks. It provides health consultations for children with asthma, group training and education for parents and caregivers, and non-regulatory indoor air quality assessments and consultation at childcare facilities. The in-depth education will include recognizing the signs and symptoms of asthma and possible asthma triggers in both the home and childcare setting. Appointments take place at the Health Department, the family’s home, child care center or over the phone.
The program is fully funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Program services are available for families of a child or children with asthma of any age if in a childcare setting and up to five years of age if not in a childcare setting.
In 2009, there were more than 3,000 documented hospitalizations for children under 18 years of age with symptoms of asthma in Kansas City, Mo.
“Recent studies have shown that programs addressing environmental triggers of asthma work best at reducing emergency room visits and missed school days,” said Bert Malone, manager of the Health Department’s Environmental Health Services division. “The most effective way to manage asthma in children is to both medically manage the disease and avoid those environmental triggers.”
For more information on services available at the Health Department, visit the department’s website, www.kcmo.org/health. To participate in the program, schedule an appointment at 816-513-6362.
Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer for the Health Department, 816-840-2548 (pager). Follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter, www.facebook.com/kcmohealthdept and www.twitter.com/kcmohealthdept.