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A Collaborative Model to Enhance the Functioning of the School Child With Asthma*

Lenore Coover, RN, MSN; Charlene Vega, EdD; Victoria Persky, MD; Ella Russell, RN, MSN; Rebecca Blase, RN, MS; Raoul Wolf, MD, FCCP; Myrna Garcia, RN, MSN; Evalyn Grant, MD; Margaret Dublin, RN
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*From the University of Illinois at Chicago (Ms. Coover and Dr. Persky), School of Public Health, Chicago, IL; Chicago Public Schools (Dr. Vega, Ms. Russell, and Ms. Garcia), Chicago, IL; LaRabida Children’s Hospital and Research Center (Dr. Wolf and, previously, Ms. Blase), Chicago, IL; Department of Immunology/Microbiology (Dr. Grant), Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL; and Chicago Health Corps (Ms. Dublin), Illinois Area Health Education Centers Program, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Nursing, Chicago, IL.

Correspondence to: Lenore Coover, RN, MSN, Pediatric Case Management Services, 8833 Southmoor, Highland, IN, 46322



Chest. 1999;116(suppl_2):193S-195S. doi:10.1378/chest.116.suppl_2.193S
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The importance of asthma as a major factor affecting the quality of life in Chicago school children has been recognized for many years. The prevalence of asthma is high, with 16% of seventh- and eighth-grade students from 1994 to 1995 having received diagnoses of the disease, 18% having wheezed in the last year, and 11% of students having missed school in the last year because of asthma.1 Differences exist among groups, with 13% of Catholic school children, 17% of public school children, and 22% of children in school with census tracts with > 40% of families below poverty in Chicago having received diagnoses of asthma. These differences in asthma prevalence, however, are far less than differences in asthma mortality, suggesting that some of the factors affecting asthma may be modifiable.


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