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Global Health Research Foundation Awarded $25,000 Grant From Westly Foundation to Study Asthma in California's Central Valley
Date:2/4/2009

Foundation to implement advanced patient outcome analysis software to monitor health outcomes in Fresno, California

LOS ALTOS, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global Health Research Foundation (GHRF) today announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Westly Foundation to fund asthma treatment in California's Central Valley, a region with the highest level of asthma cases in the state. The grant will help fund data collection and analysis at community clinics to better focus scarce resources on the most severe asthma cases. The data will also be used in a study of children's asthma and pollution levels conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine. "Asthma cases have more than doubled in the state since 1996. With our grant, we hope to help turn this around," commented Steve Westly, co-founder of the Westly Foundation, a private family foundation.

GHRF will implement sophisticated patient outcome analysis software, called Solutions, in two clinics in Fresno, CA, a city the American Lung Association named the third most polluted in the nation. "A significant group of patients has trouble managing asthma, so they end up suffering unnecessarily and require expensive intervention such as emergency room visits. The data generated by Solutions will identify these patients so they can receive assistance managing their asthma," explained Dr. Erica Weirich, director of GHRF. The Westly Foundation grant will also fund "promotores," or community health workers, who will train and support patients identified as at-risk. Over time, these steps should significantly reduce costs while improving patient health.

Solutions will also provide important data to a research project undertaken by Dr. Kari Nadeau, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The project plans to analyze clinic
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