Field of Work: Improving the management of pediatric asthma
Problem Synopsis: Between 1980 and 1995, the prevalence rate of asthma among the nation's 17-and-under population more than doubled—from an estimated 3.6 percent to 7.5 percent, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the some 15 million Americans with asthma in the late 1990s, about a third were under 18.
Synopsis of the Work: Allies Against Asthma: A Program to Combine Clinical and Public Health Approaches to Chronic Illness supported the efforts of seven community-based coalitions to improve the management of pediatric asthma in their areas. The program—including research activities to evaluate the coalitions and their impact—ran from 1999 to 2008.
National program office staff included the following findings from their evaluation of Allies Against Asthma in a report to RWJF: