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The Doctor Is In: Kids & Asthma

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On Wednesday, join Deena Centofanti and experts from Henry Ford Health System as they discuss kids and asthma.
Beginning at 8:45, ask your questions in the chat room above.
Our Experts:

Elliott Attisha, D.O.
Pediatrician & Medical Director, Henry Ford Mobile Clinics

Maureen Murphy, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Supervisor, Henry Ford Mobile Clinics

Pediatrician Elliott Attisha and nurse practitioner Maureen Murphy, along with their mobile health care team, visit several Detroit schools each week to provide care to students as part of the Children’s Health Project of Detroit - a mobile clinic program that is a collaboration between the Children’s Health Fund and Henry Ford Health System.

The program includes two kids’ clinics on wheels, affectionately named HANK and Clara. The program has been in place since 2011, with Clara joining in 2013, to provide health care for Detroit's medically underserved children where they spend the most time - at school. With HANK and Clara, the Henry Ford team has the capacity for 2,000 medical visits annually, providing care to 700-800 children each year.

The goal of the Children’s Health Project of Detroit is to keep kids healthy so they can stay in school.  


Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, characterized by recurrent, reversible, airway obstruction.
Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood and its prevalence is increasing.
According to recent CDC data, asthma affects approximately 8.5% of the pediatric population in the U.S., or more than 7 million children.
Asthma accounts for more school absences and more hospitalizations than any other chronic condition in this country.
An estimated 20% of children suffer with this chronic but manageable disease.

Treatment Options for Kids

Inhaled corticosteroids are the most effective anti-inflammatory agents available for the chronic treatment of asthma; they’re generally the first-line therapy for children with persistent asthma.
Use of spacers with inhalers is of utmost importance - yet only about 40% of Detroit kids with asthma have these.
Children and parents need to receive proper asthma education/training.
Asthma action plans should also be given at each asthma visit, serving as a reminder to child and parent about when to take a medication and what to do during an asthma flare up.

New Asthma Texting Program Helps Keep Kids in School
Verizon Foundation has launched a secured text messaging program helping kids in Children’s Health Project of Detroit’s asthma program to better manage their own health.

Through the program, patients receive medication reminders and asthma tips.

The program also provides reports that track compliance - allowing the nurses to keep a close eye on patients from a distance.
Those with poor compliance can easily be brought back for asthma education reinforcement. 

Innovative Ways Henry Ford is Improving Asthma Outcomes in Detroit

Addition of School Nurses - A grant from Michigan Department of Community Health made it possible to add a school nurse to three locations served by mobile clinic program.

One of the roles of the school nurse is to oversee all of the kids at the school who have asthma.

Medication Delivery Program - Medications are sent through an electronic medical record to a Henry Ford pharmacy and are delivered directly to the mobile clinic or school nurse office at the end of the day.

Transportation Program - If a student needs to be seen, but the mobile clinic is not on site that day, arrangements can be made to transport the child, with a chaperone from the school, to the nearest mobile clinic site. This is for urgent but non-emergency issues.

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