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City launches program to cut down on number of emergency room visits for asthma

Pillow cases, cleaning supplies and pest control services will be handed out to families suffering from asthma as part of a new city program announced Wednesday.

The initiative is designed to reduce the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations made by people suffering from the breathing condition.

Under the program, a community health worker will visit homes to identify asthma triggers such as an old pillow case or an irritable cleaning product.

“Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 in the United States, and oftentimes it’s because families may not understand how to reduce triggers or may struggle to address underlying determinants of health, such as substandard housing conditions,” said Dr. Luis Rodriguez, Chief of Pediatrics at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.

“Controlling asthma requires getting to the root of the issue, including triggers in the home, and ensuring patients have access to the proper medications.”

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