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University Hospitals, Willson School partner on asthma help
The program is funded by a $70,000 grant that the hospital received from the Ohio Department of Health’s School Asthma program and is led by Dr. Kristie Ross, a physician in UH Rainbow’s nationally ranked Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, according to a news release. It will consist of one year of planning and two years of implementation. UH will also assemble a committee of teachers, school staff, community health workers, parent representatives and clinical professionals to help guide the program.
Left untreated, asthma can be deadly, with 3,651 people dying from asthma-related causes in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Willson physical education teacher John Dorotics said he has seen the devastating impacts of asthma on his students, including a child who recently spent a week in the hospital due to a severe asthma attack.
“It just goes to show how serious it can be if left untreated,” he said. “There are likely many others who have asthma but haven’t been diagnosed because their families don’t have the resources.”
The school has already identified more than 40 students who have been diagnosed with asthma.
Willson parents and guardians can learn more about the asthma program at an educational seminar at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the school, 1126 Ansel Road. The school will provide a voucher for transportation to and from the event as well as free childcare and healthy snacks during the meeting. Parents and guardians are asked to RSVP by Friday, Feb. 17 by calling Dorotics at 216-920-1205.