EPA recognizes five organizations for outstanding leadership in asthma care (6/17)
"Millions of Americans, many of them children, face the enormous challenges and costs of asthma every day," Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said. "The organizations we're honoring today are using innovative programs to make life easier for those suffering from asthma. With their efforts and EPA's continued work to clean the air we breathe, we're on the right path to reduce the impact asthma has on our families, our communities and our economy."
The awardees, Children’s Hospital Boston (Boston, Mass.), Neighborhood Health Plan (Boston, Mass.), Sinai Urban Asthma Institute (Chicago), Washington Heights Inwood Network for Asthma (New York, N.Y.), and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.) have developed innovative strategies to deliver positive respiratory health results. The strategies include forming strong collaborations and community ties with local health providers, providing integrated health care services that facilitate communication between all points of care for the individual with asthma and conducting effective environmental interventions that are tailored to the individual to reduce the environmental exposures that would increase their asthma symptoms. Each of these organizations has achieved breakthrough results and provided a model for others to follow.
The award winners will be recognized at the National Asthma Forum in Washington, D.C., on June 17 where hundreds of health-related organizations, researchers, and policy makers will gather to discuss effective community-based strategies to improve asthma programs and provide high-quality care.