Tufts Medical Center to Hold Asthma Awareness Fairs in May

Boston, April 23, 2014, — In recognition of Asthma Awareness Month (coming up in May), the Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative (APMI), an initiative of Community Health Improvement Programs department at Tufts Medical Center, is organizing several asthma awareness health fairs to provide community education and raise awareness about our home visiting, educational, and clinical programs. The fairs are free and open to the public and we encourage children and their families to attend to learn more.

The first asthma health fair will take place on Tuesday May 13th, from 3-5pm. APMI will offer children’s activities about healthy habits and group teaching about asthma control and management. The second asthma health fair will be held on Saturday May 17th, from 10am-12pm. In addition to the children’s activities taking place on May 13th, Dr. John Leung, Director of the Food Allergy Center and a gastroenterologist at Tufts Medical Center, will provide dust mite screening, which is linked to asthma issues, and will be happy to answer any other asthma/allergy related questions.

Both asthma health fairs will take place at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, on the plaza level, across the street from 800 Washington Street, Boston Chinatown.

For more information about the health fairs please contact 617-636-1339. Please share this information with your friends and help spread the word and spread awareness.

The Asthma Prevention and Management Initiative (APMI) was established by Tufts Medical Center to reduce health disparities in the Asian community. The program works with asthmatic youth who attend the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and the Josiah Quincy Upper School, patients of Tufts Medical Center’s Asian Pediatric and Adolescent Clinical Services Program, and community partners. The initiative aims to improve the functional outcomes of school-age children with asthma and decrease overall utilization of acute care services for asthma-related problems. APMI offers community education programs and a home visiting program to assess environmental triggers in the home that may exacerbate a child’s asthma.