Childhood Asthma

The Sarah Lawrence College Health Advocacy graduate program and the Health Science and Society faculty will sponsor a program on “Childhood Asthma and the Community,” Wednesday, December 3rd from 3–6:15 p.m. at Slonim House. The event, which will present two community-based asthma initiatives, is presented without charge to the community. Please call Crystal Greene at (914) 395-2371 or email for reservations. Refreshments will be served.

The program will be divided into two sessions, the first, “Framing Childhood Asthma: Past and Present,” will meet from 3–4:30 p.m. Panelists include: Gregg Mitman, Ph.D., historian, University of Wisconsin, “Childhood Asthma: the public response in historical terms,” and Lori Stevenson, MPH, epidemiologist, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, “Childhood Asthma in New York: What does it look like? Where do we find it?”

The second session, from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. will focus on the “Community Response: Models of Practice.” Two community-based asthma initiatives, Yonkers and Harlem (NYC) will present their initiatives including strategies for childhood asthma detection, prevention and treatment. Panelists include: Jeff Byrne, Asthma Program Director, St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Yonkers; and Sandy Klihr-Beall, RN, Benjamin Ortiz, MD, Katherine Shoemaker, MPP, and Betina Jean-Louis, Ph.D., “Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative.”