Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Asthma Disparities

Minority Children Affected by Disparities in Asthma Health Care
By J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (Acting)

Asthma affects nearly 26 million Americans, including 7 million children. While advancements in treatment and interventions have improved health outcomes for many suffering from this respiratory disease, that progress has not yet reached everyone. Poor and minority children bear the greatest burden of the disease, suffering from asthma at higher rates, experiencing greater exposure to environmental triggers and receiving less access to quality care.

On Thursday, May 31, 2012, the Obama administration launched a new approach to closing that gap: the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. Read More.

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