Asthma has become an important public concern for
urban areas across the world. Our lack of understanding of this
condition limits its early prevention, but nationally available
practice care guidelines give us the tools for minimizing the morbidity
and mortality associated with this disease. During the early 1990s, we
in Chicago became aware of this new and emerging public health concern.
The public health sector, including the municipal Board of Health, has
been central to efforts in identifying and controlling such problems.
However, they cannot by themselves reduce the rates of asthma morbidity
and mortality. It was therefore a great moment when the Otho S.A.
Sprague Memorial Institute decided to intensify our community’s
response to asthma morbidity with the launch of its asthma initiative.
The Sprague Institute should be recognized for its distinguished role
in local philanthropy directed toward helping our citizens live