Asthma Surge Event
One hundred St. Louis children with asthma learned more about how to manage their chronic disease at a fun-filled, fast-paced event held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Better Family Life’s Cultural, Educational, and Business Center. Andre Hepkins of KMOV News 4 This Morning was the emcee for the event and featured musician Al Keith with his “Asthma Blues”. Educational games and cartoon videos with asthma control messages stimulated learning for parents and children. An asthma health assessment and lots of community resources were provided for each child to identify steps that could be taken by parents and children to improve asthma health.
The Regional Health Commission published, “Decade Review of Health Status for St. Louis City and St. Louis County 2000-2010.” One of the indicators included in that review is “Childhood Asthma.” The report reveals the areas in the City (overall children’s asthma prevalence at 25.9%) and County (overall prevalence of 9.5%) where acute asthma management services-the combined rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits-are the most challenging. The Asthma Ready St. Louis Surge is an effort to help families meet the asthma health challenges and prevent emergency department visits and hospitalizations.