Children’s National Recognizes World Asthma Day

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Programs highlight asthma awareness and care in the metropolitan region

World Asthma Day (WAD) will be held on May 1, 2012, to raise awareness about asthma and breathing problems around the world. WAD is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, a collaborative project of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases, with an estimated 300 million individuals affected worldwide. Its prevalence is increasing, especially among children.

Asthma rates in the District of Columbia are higher than the national average – in fact, 10,000 of the District's children under the age of 18 have asthma. Children’s National Medical Center manages and supports many programs to help children in the metropolitan region who suffer from asthma, and a major focal point is preventing the need for children to go to the emergency room.

The IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic at Children’s National, an emergency department-based asthma care source, treats children for episodic care, providing a comprehensive source of asthma education, medical care and care coordination designed to steer children toward healthier lives and more effective primary asthma care.

Additionally, Kohl’s Community Asthma Program at Children’s National is a community health, education, outreach and medical care initiative that enables families to better manage asthma and decrease their children’s asthma-related symptoms. The program also offers high-risk families personalized and culturally sensitive clinic-based medical care focusing on effective use of controller medications and reduction of environmental triggers to reduce severe asthma symptoms.
Kohl’s has been raising funds for Children’s National since 1997. Their efforts have contributed more than $4.7 million to Kohl’s Community Asthma Program as well as Children’s National’s Mobile Health Program, PICU, and other critical areas.
For more information on World Asthma Day, visit

Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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