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Health Education Program to Control Asthma in Multiethnic, Low-Income Urban Communities*: The Chicago Health Corps Asthma Program

Beverly J. McElmurry, EdD, RN, FAAN; Aaron G. Buseh, MPH, MSN; Margaret Dublin, BSN, RN
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*From the Global Health Leadership Office (Dr. McElmurry), College of Nursing (Mr. Buseh), and Chicago Health Corps (Ms. Dublin), College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. Supported by a grant from the Otho S.A. Sprague Memorial Institute to the Chicago Health Corps, Inc.

Correspondence to: Beverly McElmurry, EdD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean, Global Health Leadership Office (M/C 802), College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 S Damen Ave, Room 1160, Chicago, IL 60612-7350; e-mail: mcelmurr@uic.edu



Chest. 1999;116(suppl_2):198S-199S. doi:10.1378/chest.116.suppl_2.198S
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The factors that precipitate asthma, such as urban poverty, poor housing, high rates of tobacco smoking, greater exposure to potential interior and exterior environmental precipitants, and poor at-home management of asthma, exist in abundance in Chicago. Typically, the traditional asthma patient education program is provided by trained health-care professionals (ie, physicians and nurses) within a particular health-care delivery system. Yet many institutions and organizations addressing the problem of asthma among children have little success in reaching those in greatest need—namely the inner-city populations.

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