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The Chicago Asthma Consortium*: A Community Coalition Targeting Reductions in Asthma Morbidity

Edward T. Naureckas, MD; Raoul L. Wolf, MD, FCCP; Mitchell J. Trubitt, MD, FCCP; Kevin B. Weiss, MD; Eva Hernandez-Thomas, MSN; Sandra Thomas, MD, MS; James Fink, RRT; Howard J. Zeitz, MD; Lenore Coover, RN, MSN; Jura S. Scharf; for the Chicago Asthma Consortium Executive Committee
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Affiliations: *From the Department of Medicine (Dr. Naureckas), Department of Pediatrics (Dr. Wolf), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; United Healthcare (Dr. Trubitt), Chicago, IL; Center for Health Services Research (Dr. Weiss), Rush Presbyterian St, Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Ms. Hernadez-Thomas, Chicago, IL; Chicago Department of Public Health (Ms. Thomas), Chicago, IL; Department of Medicine (Dr. Fink), Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL; University of Illinois College of Medicine (Dr. Zeitz), University Asthma and Allergy Service, Rockford, IL; Lenore Coover, RN, MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago (Ms. Coover), School of Public Health, Chicago, IL; and Chicago Asthma Consortium (Ms. Scharf), Chicago, IL.,  Deceased.,  A complete list of participants is located in the Appendix.

Correspondence to: Edward T. Naureckas, MD, University of Chicago, 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC-6026, Chicago, IL 60637


Affiliations: *From the Department of Medicine (Dr. Naureckas), Department of Pediatrics (Dr. Wolf), University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; United Healthcare (Dr. Trubitt), Chicago, IL; Center for Health Services Research (Dr. Weiss), Rush Presbyterian St, Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Ms. Hernadez-Thomas, Chicago, IL; Chicago Department of Public Health (Ms. Thomas), Chicago, IL; Department of Medicine (Dr. Fink), Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL; University of Illinois College of Medicine (Dr. Zeitz), University Asthma and Allergy Service, Rockford, IL; Lenore Coover, RN, MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago (Ms. Coover), School of Public Health, Chicago, IL; and Chicago Asthma Consortium (Ms. Scharf), Chicago, IL.,  Deceased.,  A complete list of participants is located in the Appendix.


Chest. 1999;116(suppl_2):190S-193S. doi:10.1378/chest.116.suppl_2.190S
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T he problem of asthma in Chicago remains a complex one, and it is too early to know whether any programs and efforts have had a discernible effect, but the Chicago Asthma Consortium continues to expand its membership and to define its mission. The successes have come from harnessing the passion of the individual members to move the projects forward. As the focus of the consortium moves to addressing system-wide problems in asthma care and the delivery of that care, the consortium is undertaking the construction of a guide for future efforts. In this way, the consortium will fulfill its vision of creating a comprehensive, community-wide plan for the management of asthma, impacting on the unacceptable current levels of morbidity and mortality of the disease.


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