Youngsters participating in the Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative were less likely to miss school because of asthma-related illnesses than they were before the initiative began, according to a report released by the Atlanta-based federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just 8 percent of the 314 children in the initiative were absent because of asthma during a two-week period, compared with 23 percent 18 months earlier, before they began taking part in the program. The percentage drops were based on a survey of parents and guardians conducted by the program’s administrators.
The Harlem asthma initiative is a community-based public-health program aimed at reducing asthma-related deaths for children under age 13 who live in a 60-block radius of Central Harlem. Families of children enrolled in the program receive medical, educational, environmental, social, and legal services to combat asthma.
Vol. 24, Issue 21, Page 13Published in Print: February 2, 2005, as Childhood Asthma