The Inner City Asthma Network Program Essay

875 Words Oct 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Addressing Issue of Asthma

This article was a review of three inner city asthma network program. The focus was on understanding why so many children in the inner cities have asthma and how to treat them. The risk groups are compiled of mainly African Americans and Hispanics. There were three programs funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) which were the National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study (NCICAS), the Inner City Asthma Study (ICAS) and the Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC). These programs had their own distinct objectives, but their over-all goal was to understand the effect that asthma had on children in the inner city and how to combat the problem.

In 1990 the NCICAS program did a year-long study on 1528 children and their family, from eight inner city areas, (Bronx NY; East Harlem, NY; St Louis; Washington, DC; Baltimore: Cleveland; Chicago and Detroit). Many potential factors were examined such as, 30% of the households had an income below the poverty level, average age of 6.2 mainly African Americans and Hispanics, and over 60% only made 15000.00 a year. The families were interviewed the NCICAS’s staff concerning whether they have access to health care, compliant with treatment, family history, psychosocial, home environment, location of home, and whether anyone in the family smokes (Busse & Mitchell, 2006). A skin test was done to test for allergens such as, dust mites, cockroaches, and other common allergens,…

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