Asthma Clinic at Children's

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thanks to a grant from the Children's Hospital Association (CHA), the Asthma Clinic at Children's is able to participate in an asthma program with St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Department. (SPRCPH). With this grant we will be able to improve the lives of over 100 children with asthma living in Ramsey County. This program includes an environmental assessment of the home to identify possible asthma triggers such as mold, mice, dust mites or cockroaches. If triggers are identified then the family will be provided household products such as a vacuum cleaner, dust mite covers for the bed, and/or an air purifier to reduce the allergen levels in the child's home.

Homes of children with asthma were targeted because asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. Some of these families struggle financially with day to day expenses and asthma adds an extra burden when they are asked to purchase items that may help decrease their child's allergen exposure. Asthma hospitalization rates among children living in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are 54% higher than among children living in Greater Minnesota.

Elijah is one of the recipients of the program. He is an 11 year old boy with asthma and multiple allergies, including dust mites. He was enrolled in the program and received mattress and pillow encasements, a HEPA air purifier, and a cleaning kit to decrease his allergen exposure. His Mother said that without this program they would not have these products in the home. They hope that he will have fewer asthma and allergy symptoms now and a better quality of life so he can enjoy going to the park and playing basketball with his friends.