CDC’s Tracking Program: Informing Smarter Asthma Centers in New York City

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

Asthma is a significant
problem in New York. We know the rates in
certain parts of the city are much higher than
other parts of the city, and higher than
the country as a whole. The Environmental Public
Health Tracking Network data has allowed us to look at
seasonal differences in asthma and to share this with
providers in the community. For example, we
now send out alerts during, particularly
in the springtime, when we know
there’s going to be high rates of
pollen in the air, and this Environmental
Health Tracking data has allowed us
to get it out to the providers
in the community. Our primary goal
for EHACE is to reduce the number
of hospitalizations amongst children with
asthma in East Harlem. I’m thankful
for the asthma center ’cause I learned a lot
about asthma. So we’ve seen a lot
of improvements, even in the families
that, you know, we serve in
the program. They have reported
drastic drops in ED
and hospital visits since beginning
the program to their last
follow-ups. From the Portal
we extract data that has direct health
impacts to the families and the community
that we serve. Environmental Public Health
Tracking Network data has allowed us
to put together several sets
of data, actually, in one place,
and for example, we’ve used it to look
at housing conditions, particularly conditions that
create places where pests are. Based on that data,
we can asses future risk, and also know
where to target our health
interventions. We use the Environmental Public
Health Tracking Network data to assess our
programs over time, and to really see
if they’re working, and then to create new ones
if they’re not. From the data
that we’ve looked at, we see lots
of improvements in the families that
we’re serving here. So definitely
this program is a good program to
have across the city.

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