Asthma Education and Intervention Program: Partnership for Asthma Trigger-Free Homes (PATH)
Annual rept. 1 Aug 2007-31 Jul 2008
LEMOYNE-OWEN COLL MEMPHIS TN
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Cheryl Golden Ph.D. of LeMoyne Owen College LOC and Sue Greco Sc.D. of Abt Associates Inc. Abt are the co-Principal Investigators for the Partnership for Asthma Trigger-Free Homes. The PATH studys goal is reducing the asthma disease burden on low-income housing residents by means of a peer-based education program. Although asthma is a complicated multifactorial disease with both genetic and environmental components reducing levels of certain indoor asthma triggers can reduce the disease symptoms and severity. Indoor asthma triggers include allergens dust mite cockroach cat dog rodent environmental tobacco smoke ETS pesticides and molds. The Project Coordinator will train participants parents or guardians over 18 years old recruited from the Memphis Housing Authority and the Memphis Health Center about asthma in general and indoor asthma triggers in particular. Moreover participants will learn about behaviors they can adopt or modify to reduce indoor asthma triggers. The training will be reinforced by Community Peer Educators CPEs - students from LeMoyne-Owen College and resident presidents of four MHA housing developments. After the successful implementation of this program in public and low-income housing PATH may be transferred to a military setting if additional funding is procured.
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