School of Public Health to help Detroit children manage asthma

December 11, 2006

ANN ARBOR— The University of Michigan School of Public Health has received a $2.3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to develop an asthma management and prevention project for children in Detroit schools.

” A 1993-94 pilot study in two Detroit schools suggests that rates of asthma are disturbingly high with perhaps upwards of 20 percent of children having active symptoms,” says Noreen M. Clark, dean of the U-M School of Public Health and principal investigator for the project.

” Our goal is to help children” with the support of their families and school personnel” to manage the disease themselves and head off acute episodes.” The Detroit elementary schools currently involved in the project are Birney, Durfee, Fairbanks, Hampton, Keidan, Loving, Marshall, Pasteur, Schulze, and Winterhalter. The project will provide: