A Unique Way to Treat One of Hartford, Connecticut’s Biggest Public Health Problems
Hartford, CT â€“ (BlackNews.com) Dr. Leroy Graham is bringing the “Not One More Life” (NOML) program to Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford has a long history of providing innovative solutions for the problems African-Americans with asthma encounter. Through the NOML program, Dr. Graham is partnering with communities of faith to provide free screening, education, referral and outcome monitoring programs to address the disparities in morbidity and mortality attributable to asthma and other lung diseases among urban minority populations.
The â€œNot One More Lifeâ€ program will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the South Congregational Church, 277 Main Street, Hartford, CT., at 11 a.m.
Dr. Leroy Graham, a nationally recognized expert on asthma in the African-American community, has spent most of his life trying to improve outcomes for African-American children with asthma. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and today is a partner at Georgia Pediatric Pulmonologist Associates, PC, a private practice in Atlanta. Partners: Region II Asthma Coalition, Putting On Airs In-Home Asthma Intervention Program, Asthma Advisory Council, and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Dr. Graham believes that too often African-Americans get use to living with chronic disease like asthma and treatment only for acute problems. In addition, the health care system does not offer the same resources to deal with the unique problem that asthma poses for African-Americans and Puerto Ricans.
Asthma is a major problem in Hartford. Attacks from asthma are a leading cause of school absenteeism and one of the leading causes of hospitalization and emergency room (ER) visits for children and youth. In Hartford, more than 11% of public school students reported having asthma. Hartford has the highest rate of ER visits and the second highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma in the state. The asthma ER visit rates among children were 1.5 times higher than for adults.
BACKGROUND: 33,000,000 Americans have asthma, and African-Americans and Puerto Rican Americans are affected the most. In the United States, urban African-Americans are more likely to visit emergency rooms and more likely to be hospitalized because of asthma than whites. African-American children are four times more likely to seek care in an emergency room than white children and are hospitalized three times more often for asthma than white children. In the US, while the death rates from asthma have increased for all groups, the death rates for African-Americans are higher than for whites and other groups.