The St. Louis area is “one of the most challenging places to live in the United States if you have asthma,” according to a newly released Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) report.
Ranking of this region is based on estimated asthma prevalence, emergency room visits and deaths due to asthma.
AAFA has launched its Health Equity Advancement and Leadership (HEAL) program, and St. Louis is one of the first sites to partner with its St. Louis chapter. AAFA's chief mission officer, Melanie Carver, said in a statement that “the goal is to drastically reduce the asthma burden of the favorable population who carry the heaviest burden of asthma.”
“Asthma outcomes are heavily influenced by social determinants of health. We have the opportunity to focus our efforts on the intersection of injustice between the environment, education, wealth and income, race and ethnicity, and how these factors determine the health of asthma. Asthma and allergies affect anyone.” Maybe they don't affect everyone equally.
“Asthma rates, deaths, and hospitalizations often vary based on their income or race / ethnicity. Researchers are trying to better understand racial and ethnic differences in other diseases, such as allergies or eczema.
The AAFA-STL site will focus on coordinating home visits, asthma education, and care for older adults with asthma and launches a home visit program at Oasis St. Will work with Louis which will include routine check-in, integrated care with an asthma specialist, and deliver asthma and allergy-friendly products for the home.
The first year of the local HEAL program will run until mid-2023, and similar programs are funded in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
“While there are many proven and effective community-based asthma programs for children with asthma, there are very few programs that serve adults,” Carver said.
“We look forward to using the best practices from the Pediatric Program to create successful programs for adults and adolescents through this HEAL Innovation Award.”
AAFA describes health equality as “a state where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach the highest level of health.”
In order to reach the goal, historical and contemporary injustices have to be solved; Economic, social, and other barriers to health and health care must be overcome; And preventable health inequalities must be eliminated.
“AAFA is interested in investing in community and local partners to improve asthma care and outcomes,” said Kenneth Mendez, AAFA CEO and President.
“While the cost of asthma and health inequalities costs billions of dollars every year for Americans, we know we can significantly improve asthma outcomes and reduce costs by investing in the community. In addition to saving money, this is the right thing to do for those who have experienced severe health discrimination. “
In its first year, HEAL was supported by a ফ 1 million sponsorship from Amgen Company, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California.
“Community-based asthma interventions have proven effective and HEAL will accelerate the maintenance of critical programs across the country,” said Sanaz Iftekhari, AAFA Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Research.
To learn more about AAFA's HEAL program and health equity work, visit: aafa.org/healthequity