Springfield Asthma grant
12
September

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


BARRY: A PROGRAM IN SPRINGFIELD HAS RECEIVED NEW FUNDING TO HELP FIGHT ASTHMA IN THE CITY. 22NEWS REPORTER HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME SPOKE WITH PEOPLE ABOUT THE IMPACT THE ILLNESS HAS ON THEIR LIVES. THE ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION OF AMERICA RECENTLY NAMED SPRINGFIELD THE MOST CHALLENGING CITY TO LIVE WITH ASTHMA. “I WAS HOSPITALIZED LAST YEAR WITH AN ASTHMA ATTACK, AND THEY HAD TO GIVE ME MULTIPLE TREATMENTS FOR IT. IT GETS REALLY BAD” THE BAYSTATE HEALTH CARE ALLIANCE AND THE BEHEALTHY PARTNERSHIP WERE AWARED $750,000 DOLLARS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION TO EXPAND THE SPRINGFIELD HEALTHY HOMES ASTHMA PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM BRINGS HEALTH CARE PROVIDORS TO ASTHMA PATIENTS AT HOME TO IDENTIFY THINGS THAT MIGHT BE TRIGGERING THEIR ASTHMA, AND MAKE CHANGES. “SOMETIMES SHE HAS A HARD TIME SLEEPING, SHE TAKES MEDICATION, I FEEL BAD FOR PEOPLE LIKE THAT” THE GRANT WAS AWARDED TO ORGANIZATIONS AIMED AT TAKING ASTHMA CARE OUT OF THE EMERGENCY ROOM, AND HELP PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO MANAGE THEIR ASTHMA, AND IMPROVE THEIR ENVIRONMENT. ACCORDING TO DENNIS O’BRIEN, A MANAGER OF PULMONARY SERVICES AT BAYSTATE, PARENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS LOSE AROUND $3,500 DOLLARS A YEAR ON A CHILD WITH ASTHMA IN HEALTH CARE COSTS AND LOST WAGES FROM MISSING WORK. “PEOPLE NEED THAT IN THEIR HOMES. I HAVE LITTLE NEICES AND NEPHEWS THAT HAVE IT, SO THAT WOULD BE EXCELLENT IF WE COULD GET SOMETHING LIKE THAT HERE INS PRINGFIELD WHERE THEY GO INTO THE HOME, AND HAVE A LIFE LINE THEY COULD CALL INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE HOSPITAL” THE PROGRAM WILL HELP PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH THINGS LIKE HYPOALLERGENIC PILLOWS, CLEANING KITS AND MATTRESS PROTECTORS THAT CAN HELP REDUCE ASTHMA TRIGGERS.


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