CONTACT: Michelle Vigil, (210) 207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (May 23, 2019) – In collaboration with the South Texas Asthma Coalition, the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is excited to announce the launch of SA Kids B.R.E.A.T.H.E.: Building Relationships, Effective Asthma Teaching in Home Environments during Asthma Awareness Month. This program will address the elevated hospitalization rates in children living with asthma in Bexar County which was 177% higher than the average state rate in 2015 (14.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in comparison to 8.3 per 100,000). Bexar County’s rate was the highest of all large Texas counties in 2015. The primary goal of the program is to improve the quality of the lives of children with asthma by teaching them and their family best practices to control their asthma and reduce hospital admission rates.
Over 6 million children living in the United States have asthma, a chronic lifelong disease that affects the airways in the lungs. This equates to nationally, an estimated 1 in 12 children affected by asthma. The effects of asthma symptoms on a child impacts and limits their daily activities and affects the amount of school days missed. Poorly controlled asthma may impair a child’s ability to attend school, affect his or her academic performance, and cause parents to miss work to care for an ill child.
The Metro Health SA Kids B.R.E.A.T.H.E. services are provided by four Community Health Workers (CHWs) guided by a Certified Asthma Educator. Over the course of 3-4 home visits, the CHWs assess household and environmental triggers, provide asthma education, and make referrals to community resources that are needed The CHW also connects with the primary care provider and the school nurse and follows up with the family over a 12-month period to assure they are receiving the care they need. Anyone can provide a referral to the program and all services are free. This program will help keep kids with asthma stay out of the hospital, and decrease asthma related school absences.
SA Kids B.R.E.A.T.H.E.’s administrative offices are located at the recently renovated Frank Garrett Multi Service Center located on the City’s Westside. To speak with program staff, please call (210) 207-7282.
For more information and eligibility, please visit: https://www.sanantonio.gov/SAKidsBREATHE.
Asthma can cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. During an asthma attack, airways become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. Asthma attacks can be mild, moderate, or serious — and even life threatening. Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage asthma to reduce and prevent asthma attacks.