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Eliminating Asthma Disparities: A National Workshop to Set a Working Agenda |

Eliminating Asthma Disparities*: Introduction to the Chicago Story

Kevin B. Weiss, MD
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*From the Institute for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

Correspondence to: Kevin B. Weiss, MD, Institute for Healthcare Studies, 676 North St. Clair St, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: K-weiss@northwestern.edu



Chest. 2007;132(5_suppl):856S-857S. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1929
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The problem of inner-city asthma, as studied in Chicago, IL, is introduced. Chicago has a high incidence of asthma, but prevalence, morbidity, and mortality rates vary by neighborhood and are highest in neighborhoods with the lowest socioeconomic status. Efforts in Chicago to mitigate these gaps have been extraordinary, but data suggest that there are challenges to improvement in removing disparities.


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