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Inner City Asthma

Implemented in El Rio Santa Cruz Community Health Center, Tucson, Arizona by MAS Consultants Inc., P.O. Box 5130 Aiken, South Carolina 29804.

This case study was prepared for CDC by Dr. LaMar Palmer of MAS Consultants. The purpose of the case study is to share the experience of one community as they attempt to address the problem of asthma. It does not represent an endorsement of this approach by CDC.

Inner City Asthma: Ordering

The program guidance currently available to implement the ICAI program is "A Guide for Helping Children with Asthma." The manual is used for implementing educational interventions in clinical settings. A copy of the guide can be obtained from:

Ernestine Smartt
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Phone: 301-496-7353

The books "You Can Control Asthma" for parents and children are available in both English and Spanish from:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
1233 20th Street, NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20036

Call AAFA at 1-800-7-ASTHMA (727-8462), FAX 202-466-8940, or access its Web site at and order on line. Cost of the books is $5.50 each or $9.00 for both the parent and child books.

Other materials needed to implement ICAI are not readily available at this time. Program contacts for implementing ICAI are provided at the end of this case study.

For information about the El Rio program contact:

Kathy Lortie, MSW
Asthma Counselor
El Rio Asthma Program
839 W. Congress Tucson, Arizona 85745
Phone: 520-670-3778
e-mail: KathyL@ElRIO.ORG

Uwe Manthei, MD, Ph.D., FAAAAI, FAAP
Alvernon Allergy & Asthma P.C.
Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Arizona College of Medicine
630 N. Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ 85711
Phone: 520-322-8361

Paul Enright, MD
Respiratory Sciences
University of Arizona
1501 N. Campbell Tucson, AZ 85724
Phone: 520-626-6114

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Percents by Age, Sex, and Race, United States, 2012. Age: Child = 9.3%, Adult =  8.0%, Sex: Male = 7.0%, Female =  9.5%, Race/Ethnicity: White =  8.1%, Black =  11.9%, Hispanic =  7%. Source: National Health Interview Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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