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American Lung Association Programs Protect Children

Asthma is on the rise, and the American Lung Association notes it is the leading cause of school absenteeism. Their Partners for Asthma Action program is helping low-income families in Chicago to manage their asthma, keeping kids in school and parents at work.

The program facilitates home visits, doctor education and educational outreach to treat asthma both medically and environmentally. Since 2016, 90 healthcare professionals have been trained at nine partner clinics, helping about 18,000 children.

“Educating families and healthcare professionals, building relationships and following up consistently helps improve the lives of children with asthma in our community,” says Felicia Fuller, Ph.D., director of lung health for the Lung Association in Illinois. “When we conduct trainings in schools, we educate everyone in the school community, from teachers and administrators to nurses and custodians and students, providing critical information and creating a more asthmafriendly environment for children.”

For more information, call 1-800-586-4872 or visit Lung.org.

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