Pediatric Asthma in Black and Latino Chicago Communities:

Helen Margellos-Anast and Melissa A. Gutierrez

in Urban Health

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731190
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199866465 | DOI:
Pediatric Asthma in Black and Latino Chicago Communities:

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Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by the swelling and narrowing of the lung airways. Although asthma can be a detrimental disease if not managed properly, it can be controlled via the proper use of medications, trigger avoidance, early recognition of symptoms, and appropriate and timely response to symptoms. When asthma is well-controlled, people with asthma and their families can live healthy and productive lives. This chapter discusses how local-level data pertaining to the prevalence and effects of paediatric asthma in six diverse Chicago communities led to culturally appropriate action to improve asthma outcomes among children living in some of the city's most affected communities.

Keywords: paediatric asthma; community health programmes; public health; disease control; asthmatic children

Chapter.  14922 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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