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Under the right conditions, asthma can be well controlled, but the right conditions are sometimes hard to come by. If your child has seen an asthma specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and still struggles to control their asthma, the Just Keep Breathing Program may be able to help.
Each case of asthma has its own triggers. Families may have many asthma triggers right in their home without knowing it. Through Just Keep Breathing, community health workers visit homes to assess in-home triggers and educate families. They also help patients and families identify barriers to treating asthma and help the family create a self-management plan.
"We work with families to understand how their environment, understanding of asthma and home life affect kids’ breathing. If we can understand that, I think we can do a better job of improving their health."
- Monica Federico, MD, lead physician for Just Keep Breathing
Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 6.2 million children between birth and 18 years old were living with asthma in 2014.
Even when breathing normally, the lung tissue of children with asthma is inflamed, making it sensitive to the triggers that provoke asthma attacks. Over time, repeated attacks may contribute to reduced lung function. Recent research found that 75 percent of more than 1,000 children with persistent asthma developed lower-than-normal lung function by adulthood.
Just Keep Breathing is a free program for patients of Children’s Colorado’s Asthma Program who reside in the Denver metro area.
Children are eligible if:
Visit the Colorado American Lung Association website for more information on national advocacy and research.
Read the Colorado Asthma Guidelines (.pdf) to learn how healthcare providers are working together to improve asthma care in Colorado.
We welcome questions from healthcare providers or parents. Call Just Keep Breathing at 720-777-6181 (se habla Español) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.