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Urban HealthCombating Disparities with Local Data$
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Steven Whitman, Ami Shah, and Maureen Benjamins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731190

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731190.001.0001

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Pediatric Asthma in Black and Latino Chicago Communities:

Pediatric Asthma in Black and Latino Chicago Communities:

Local Level Data Drives Response

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(p.247) 11 Pediatric Asthma in Black and Latino Chicago Communities:
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Urban Health
Author(s):

Helen Margellos-Anast

Melissa A. Gutierrez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731190.003.0011

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by the swelling and narrowing of the lung airways. Although asthma can be a detrimental disease if not managed properly, it can be controlled via the proper use of medications, trigger avoidance, early recognition of symptoms, and appropriate and timely response to symptoms. When asthma is well-controlled, people with asthma and their families can live healthy and productive lives. This chapter discusses how local-level data pertaining to the prevalence and effects of paediatric asthma in six diverse Chicago communities led to culturally appropriate action to improve asthma outcomes among children living in some of the city's most affected communities.

Keywords:   paediatric asthma, community health programmes, public health, disease control, asthmatic children

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