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Children Take On Their Asthma

Chicago Tribune profiles a community action program spearheaded by Northwestern

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June 19, 2013

While about 10 percent of children in the U.S. suffer from asthma, minorities across Chicago have long been shown to be disproportionately affected by the disease.

Now Chicago school children are learning how to control their asthma thanks to a Northwestern University program funded by the American Lung Association.

Ruchi Gupta, a pediatrician at the Feinberg School of Medicine, spearheaded the education and action project.

“These kids didn't know they had a voice, (that) they could actually use it to make a change," Gupta said.

In the program, students learn about common triggers for asthma attacks and how to educate their own community about the disease.

Read the complete article in the Chicago Tribune.