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NACI In the Know: Spotlight on New Bilingual Asthma Resources

Volume 11 | Spring 2015

NACI Breaking News

¡Nuevos recursos sobre el asma en español!
New Bilingual Asthma Resources

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From 9 million to nearly 53 million: that’s how much the Latino population has grown in the United States since 1970. New immigrants, many of whom speak primarily Spanish, account for nearly 36 percent of this total (source: U.S. Census Bureau).

Now, consider that 1 of every 11 Latino children under the age of 15 living in the U.S.—some 5.6 million total—has asthma. (source: CDC/NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, January – March 2014)

“Because Latinos shoulder a disproportionately large asthma burden, and many of those at greatest risk have limited literacy in English, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI)—in partnership with the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)—created asthma resources in Spanish so that they and their children can learn to breathe easier,” said Rachael Tracy, M.P.H., NAEPP Coordinator.

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GIP in Focus

A Spanish Asthma Action Planó!Se Necesita!


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Imagine for a moment that you are new to this country—you speak a bit of English but are fluent in Spanish—and your seven-year-old has asthma that flares up frequently.

What you need is help getting her asthma under control so that both of you can sleep through the night and she can be ready to learn and you can be ready to work. The Asthma Action Plan (AAP) that you have, however, is in English. And though you’re capable of reading it, you’re still confused about what needs to be done every day.

What next?

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Partner Profile: Where Are they Now?

NACI Takes a Big Bite of the Big Apple

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2011 may have seen the end of a two-year project funded through the National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) to Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center and the North Brooklyn Health Network, both part of The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).

But what happened next was no ending. 

HHC Woodhull’s asthma program managers were so successful at coupling asthma-care training (plus one-on-one coaching for health professionals) with focused outreach to patients and families that HHC’s C-suite executives made a critical decision.

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Last Updated May 2015

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