Children's Hospital of Wisconsin gets $1.25 million for inner-city asthma research

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has issued a grant of $1.25 million to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for a five-year research project aimed at identifying asthma irritants that impact children in communities of color in Milwaukee's inner city.

"African-Americans have the highest prevalence of asthma, are hospitalized at five times the rate of white patients and are four times more likely to die of asthma...Children's Hospital of Wisconsin brings unique capabilities and expertise in community research to this project that will benefit children in Milwaukee, in our region and throughout Wisconsin," said Ellen Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Household irritants linked to asthma are higher in urban environments. As a part of the new initiative, Children's Hospital allergists will conduct outreach and education regarding irritants directly in the homes of asthmatic children living in urban Milwaukee.

Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, said, "This grant supports Children's mission to serve the families and children of Wisconsin...the results will not only benefit those participating, but be shared and used with other health systems and providers so that Wisconsin can have the healthiest kids in the country."

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