Bronx Asthma Initiative

Announcement

The Bronx has the highest incident of asthma in the entire US. Rates of death from asthma in Bronx county are three times higher than they are nationally. Hospitalization rates are about five times higher. In some neighborhoods of the Bronx it is estimated that 20% of the children have asthma.3 Within New York City the disparity in asthma hospitalization rates is very pronounced. According to a study, hospitalization rates for asthma in Bronx County and East Harlem are 21 times higher than those of affluent parts of the city.

The National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI)—an initiative of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—extends its congratulations to five organizations that have been selected to be NACI Clinical Champions.

The following organization is tasked with taking to the next level the existing NACI efforts to promote the distribution and use of the six key messages from the NAEPP’s Guidelines Implementation Panel (GIP) Report. The guidelines are based on a full range of evidence-based recommendations from the Expert Panel Report 3–Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3).

South Bronx Asthma Partnership/Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

http://www.icisnyu.org/south_bronx/AsthmaandAirPollution.html