Asthma is the single largest admitting diagnosis at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. We’re committed to helping kids with asthma breathe easier and helping our communities do a better job of understanding the causes and conditions that contribute to asthma.
Besides acute medical care to treat asthma by pulmonologists who specialize in treating kids and only kids, Children’s Hospital has an extensive program of asthma education in our community, including visiting doctors in their offices to help them better understand asthma, and classes for patients and families to help them cope with and manage asthma better.
ATTACK Asthma Clinic
The Asthma Tools and Training Advancing Community Knowledge (ATTACK) Asthma Clinic helps children and their families improve their asthma self-management skills. The ATTACK clinic is open to children who have recently had an asthma related Emergency Department visit. The goal for families who attend the clinic is to improve the health of the child with asthma. The clinic provides free asthma-related medical services, family education, and case management.
Primary Care Asthma Clinic
Children and families who attend the Asthma Clinic receive medical care and supportive asthma services including asthma education and case management.
The Primary Care Asthma Clinic is an extension of the Claremont Primary Care Clinic located at Children’s East Campus:
Claremont Primary Care Clinic
East Campus- Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
5220 Claremont Ave.
The asthma program at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland delivers asthma education for hospitalized patients at the main Children’s Hospital campus and satellite Summit unit. Children and families hospitalized for asthma receive individualized asthma education and case management services designed to provide them with the knowledge to control the child’s asthma and improve the health and quality of life of the child.
Funded through Every Child Counts (ECC)
The Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE) is a program developed in 2005 by Dr. Jonathan Winickoff of Harvard University to help child health practitioners routinely and effectively address family tobacco use. This program has been adapted for use at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland Primary Care clinic. Trained clinic staff inquire about tobacco use in the patient’s homes. The primary care providers offer brief motivational counseling and referrals to the California Smoker’s helpline. Providers also may prescribe nicotine replacement therapy (patch/gum) as needed for parents and family members.
Funded through Every Child Counts (ECC)
Camp Breathe Easy
Since 2004, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland asthma program has coordinated annual 4-day/3-night summer camp at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA. for children with asthma. Camp Breathe Easy provides a rare opportunity for asthmatic children from an urban environment to experience an outdoor summer camp. Camp Breathe Easy offers unparalleled opportunity for fun, building self-esteem, and asthma self management skills.
We would like to recognize the Taylor Family Foundation for hosting Camp Breathe Easy at the Taylor Family Foundation’s Camp Arroyo. The Taylor Family Foundation’s mission is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, disabilities, and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. For more information, please visit www.ttff.org.
Camp Breathe Easy is sponsored by the following organizations:
The Taylor Family Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, American Lung Association in California, Alameda County Public Health Department, The Alameda County Asthma Coalition, Alameda Alliance for Health, and Kerry’s Kids.
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland asthma program is a proud member of the Alameda County Asthma Coalition (ACAC). ACAC is a collaboration of public health agencies, non-profit organizations, environmental groups, health plans, community health clinics, hospitals, schools, and others interested in reducing the burden of asthma in Alameda County.
The mission of the coalition is to reduce the incidence and impact of asthma in Alameda County. The coalition focuses on low-income, underserved, high risk populations in order to ameliorate documented health and ethnic disparities in asthma.
Asthma-related Community and Clinical Research
The asthma program implements and evaluates clinical research projects aimed at reducing the burden of asthma for children families and communities.
Current Asthma Research being conducted at CHRCO:
The Study of African-Americans, Genes, and the Environment (SAGE) and Genes-Ambiente Mezcla En Latinos Asmaticos (GALA) are research studies in partnership with University of California San Francisco (Principal Investigator Estaban Bruchard). The goal of the SAGE/GALA study is to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for asthma among African-American and Latino populations residing in different geographic locations.
Interested participants must be between the ages of 8-21. If you are interested in participating in the study, please call 510-529-9655.
AsthmaNet is a nationwide study on asthma funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is proud to be one of nine sites chosen to participate in this study.
AsthmaNet is a clinical research network that will develop and conduct multiple clinical trials to address the most important asthma management questions and new treatment approaches in pediatric and adult populations.
Over a 7-year project period, the AsthmaNet will conduct approximately 8-10 clinical trials.
Enrollment Information: Available Spring 2011
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland Primary Care and the American Lung Association in California annually sponsor one AmeriCorps volunteer.
Americorps volunteers interact and work with healthcare providers and clinical staff to provide asthma education to patients and families and serve as case managers.
AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland coordinates a biennial Pediatric Asthma Forum. This conference is primarily for pediatric primary care providers, nurses, and educators working in a hospital, clinic, or school setting. The Pedatric Asthma Forum is a day-long event that offers various learning modules, exhibits, and lectures.
World Asthma Day
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
Last year, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland Primary Care organized a World Asthma Day fair that included food, educational carnival games, and booths from various community organizations.
This year’s World Asthma Day is May 3, 2011. Anyone is welcome to attend. More information will be available as the date approaches.
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