Asthma program aims to stop attacks before they start by identifying triggers in the home

Barbara Cirella, program director of the COACH (Community Outreach for Asthma Care and Health) Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, discusses the pilot program that aims to reach the poorest of New Jersey’s children and their families who are dealing with asthma. The hospital is one of four sites funded by a private philanthropic organization, where health workers visit homes to reinforce doctors’ instructions about using inhalers and spacers. They also help to identify common asthma triggers, such as cigarette smoke, dust mites, dust and mold, and teach ways to eliminate them. (Also featured in PharmacyChoice.comDaily Record and The Record.)

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