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December 2001

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NYC Past in Full Array At Inaugural History Festival
CUNY Community Colleges: Vital to City Economy
Arthur Miller Drops Back In for Finley Award at CCNY Dinner
Archaeologists Research Vikings
Faculty Experts Join Collaboration on World Trade Center Future
New Research Foundation Head
Asthma Initiative at BCC Registers Major Success
Oysters Reintroduced to Bay
York Grad Makes Naval History
Managing the 9/11 Crisis at BMCC
Hunter Cartographers Prepare Vital Ground Zero Maps For Rescue
CCNY’s Rosenberg/Humphrey Interns Continue Public Service Tradition
City Tech Prof Sheds Light on Titanic
New Device for Medical Diagnonis
Mina Rees, Pioneering Military Scientist
Annual Perspectives Nears 25th Anniversary
University to HIV Children: “Toys (and Lots Else) Are Us”
Asthma Initiative at BCC
Registers Major Success

Eighty-one fortunate Bronx children with asthma recently became the subjects of an intensive effort to prevent attacks and hospitalizations. They were followed closely for three months by Health Force: A Community Preventive Health Institute, which is affiliated with Bronx Community College, and their parents were provided with a six-session asthma attack prevention course and two home visits. During this three- month period the number of emergency room visits fell from 139 for the previous six months to just four, while hospitalizations fell from 15 to zero.

In addition, teens with asthma took a six-week program in the summer to improve their deep breathing with exercises. At the end, peak flow meters showed an average 20% increase in lung capacity. Such programs are taught by local Bronx peer residents who have taken an eight-week training program as asthma educators.

"These results really underscore the importance of local, targeted asthma education," says Chris Norwood, Health Force's Executive Director. "We have to regard education as key to improving asthma." The Bronx was targeted, she notes, because the borough has the highest childhood hospitalization rate for asthma. For further information, contact Health Force at 718-585-8585.