‘Another devastating effect of the storm was the collapse of health infrastructure,’ said Dr. Malveaux. ‘For many children with asthma, the storm swept away the ability to access even the most basic of health services and the ability to monitor and track their health. a system that has shown positive outcomes for children ‘‘We heard a lot about how Katrina changed the city of New Orleans, but very little about how post-Katrina urban environment has changed the state of health,’ said Dr. ‘It ‘undeniable link between environment and health of asthmatic children. Effective management of asthma must go beyond traditional medical care and include additional interventions to manage the problem and to reduce exposure to specific environmental factors known to exacerbate’ child’s asthma. ‘
The mold that spread like a rash on the post-Katrina New Orleans has more than destroy homes – it is with sick children. On the fifth anniversary of Katrina, experts indicate the increased sensitivity to asthma triggers in the environment as a risk for more severe asthma attacks and hundreds of children in New Orleans. Today, baby Merck Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) announced its commitment of nearly $ 2 million Xavier University of Louisiana Center for Minority Health and differences in health and education in support of the Head-off ‘ Environment Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), a program that has been successfully helping families manage their children’s asthma
cities. (1) the prevalence of asthma in New Orleans are three times higher than the national average and among the highest in the nation. (2) In addition, New Orleans has the highest mortality rate of childhood asthma in Louisiana. (3)
In 2008, one in seven children – 10.2 million – had asthma, a number that has grown steadily in the 1997-2008 period of time. It ‘also expensive. The nation spends only $ 8 billion for the treatment of childhood asthma, childhood disease more than almost any other. The cost is $ 10 billion in indirect costs associated with school absenteeism and lost work. Although asthma is the country, low-income and minority children bear the greatest burden of asthma and its consequences, including death. Compared with white non-Hispanic children, asthma is 60 % higher among African-American children and almost 300 per cent higher among children in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Malveaux said that beyond New Orleans, the HEAL program provides a model of care within health systems, and interrupted the lessons crucial for implementing programs of childhood asthma across the country. Successful programs must be evidence-based, modified to meet the medical needs of the communities served (especially following a disaster), integrated and, above all, sustainable.
(3) Rebuilding New Orleans sound: Final Report of the Conference of the New Orleans Health disparities initiative. In May of 2007.
In 2007, the special conditions in New Orleans after Katrina – the flooding and subsequent mold growth – called MCAN, with NIH to launch the HEAL. HEAL was one of the largest public-private partnerships formed to develop and support an initiative of asthma in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
‘We are pleased to partner in this effort MCAN important not only to reduce disparities among vulnerable populations in New Orleans, but to improve the lives of our children,’ said Jack Leonard, Jr., Ph.D., MSc, CHES , Director of CMHDRE, Xavier University and principal investigator of HEAL Phase II. ‘This program has helped to breathe new life into our community and will continue to give hope to hundreds of families who were forced to adjust what they knew before the storm and intensify their efforts in managing asthma. Over the next four years, we hope to translate the lessons learned from HEAL Phase I and II in the HEAL policy initiatives that will help to institutionalize management on success and environmental remediation for children in New Orleans. ‘
The next phase of the HEAL program will be conducted by the Center for Minority Health and differences in health and education (CMHDRE) at Xavier University in New Orleans. The center specializes in eliminating disparities for minorities and other disadvantaged populations physician who often bear the brunt of asthma and its consequences.