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National Jewish Health receives grant to improve care of asthma patients in the San Luis Valley
Date:2/28/2012

National Jewish Health has received a grant for $950,308 from GlaxoSmithKline to improve care of asthma patients in Colorado's San Luis Valley with educational materials for patients and hands-on training for primary health care teams. Asthma is the most common chronic illness in children and adults, and is the greatest cause of missed school days. The San Luis Valley has one of the highest asthma rates in the state.

The two-year Independent Medical Educational Program Grant will allow National Jewish Health to provide primary health care teams in Colorado's San Luis Valley with hands-on training to help physicians and healthcare teams better diagnose and manage asthma.

"This is a great opportunity for our providers and nursing staff to help patients and families learn about asthma and develop the skills that will help them control their disease," said Denise Trujillo, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing at Valley Wide Health Systems. "With well-controlled asthma they are much more likely to stay active and healthy."

Children in the San Luis Valley are among the hardest hit by asthma. In the San Luis Valley, Alamosa and Rio Grande counties have some of the highest rates of hospitalizations for pediatric asthma. Reports show that 14-percent of school-aged children in the San Luis Valley have been diagnosed with asthma by a health care provider, compared to a national average of 9.5 percent.

In response to this need, Conejos County Hospital, the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center and Valley-Wide Health Systems Inc have partnered with National Jewish Health to develop a program known as "Quality Asthma Care in the San Luis Valley."

The National Jewish Health program seeks to provide sustainable improvements in asthma care to two hospitals and a network of provider clinics in the rural San Luis Valley, all of which provide care to a population at risk for significant disparities in health and high asthma burden. The popu
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Contact: Adam Dormuth
dormutha@njh.org
303-398-1082
National Jewish Health
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