Childhood Asthma Disparities in Chicago: Developing Approaches to Health Inequities

Molly A. Martin, Melissa Gutierrez Kapheim, Kim Erwin, Stacy Ignoffo, Kate McMahon, Amy O'Rourke, Lynn B. Gerald, Meredith Barrett, Valerie G. Press, Houshang Darabi, Jerry A. Krishnan

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We conducted a needs assessment to develop an evidence-based, locally tailored asthma care implementation plan for high-risk children with asthma in Chicago. Our team of health policy experts, clinicians, researchers, and designers included extensive stakeholder engagement (N = 162) in a mixed-methods community needs assessment. Results showed the lines of communication and collaboration across sectors were weak; caregivers were the only consistent force and could not always manage this burden. A series of recommendations for interventions and how to implement and measure them were generated. Cooperative, multidisciplinary efforts grounded in the community can target wicked problems such as asthma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-145
Number of pages11
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2018


  • asthma
  • child
  • health care disparities
  • research design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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