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Childhood asthma non-profit invests millions in health centers to help children better manage asthma
Date:10/5/2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2011 The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) today announced more than $4 million in funding to implement the Community Healthcare for Asthma Management and Prevention of Symptoms (CHAMPS) partnership in five non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Centers. This investment in community health centers (CHC) is designed to demonstrate how asthma management tools proven effective in controlled trials, can be applied in real-world settings where many children and families most in need get care.

The world-class experts in community health research, programming and evaluation that make up the CHAMPS partnership are The George Washington University (GW) School of Public Health and Health Services, the RCHN Community Health Foundation and Rho. CHCs selected to participate in CHAMPS, all of which serve large numbers of children with asthma, are located in Tucson, AZ, the Grand Rapids, MI area and Rincon, PR.

"We have the tools and we know which programs work to help children with asthma it is time to make them available for those who bear a heavy burden of the disease," said Dr. Floyd Malveaux, Executive Director of MCAN and former Dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University. "The CHAMPS health centers will implement programs that have been shown to be highly effective in managing childhood asthma and, hopefully, bring about needed improvements for these children."

MCAN's investment responds to results of its earlier studies and to a report authored by GW that identified CHCs as an ideal setting for treating high-risk children with asthma. Specifically, the GW report found that CHCs serve as the primary place where as many as 20 percent of low-income children with asthma receive care. Dr. Malveaux said that successful management of childhood asthma requires a medical home and community health centers are great models that can empower families with the knowledge and tools needed to better manage
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Contact: Kimberly Wise
kwise@ccapr.com
202-609-6015
The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc.
Source:Eurekalert

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