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Fighting Asthma Disparities Summit

October 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Connecting the Dots Across Sectors: Home, School, Community and Clinic

The 10th Annual Asthma Disparities Summit will hone in on the benefits and logistics of the emerging alliance among Philadelphia’s clinic, community and school professionals, as well as with caregivers of children with asthma. By learning about the current efforts and interprofessional communication across sectors, the audience will be better equipped to support children with asthma using a health equity lens.

Objectives of the Summit

  1. Understand the current national data on disparities
  2. Understand the importance of connecting the four sectors of asthma care for children
  3. Know how to apply a health equity lens to reduce asthma disparities

In addition to the Summit on Wednesday, October 17, we will also be offering a FREE post-conference workshop, “Integrated Pest Management for Asthma Home Visitors/Community Health Workers” to be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Roberts Center, 9th Floor, Room 9110.

Community Health Workers (CHW) are an essential part of providing services to families struggling with asthma. Pests — specifically cockroaches and mice — are the most important asthma triggers in urban environments. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) promotes effective pest management that results in the efficient protection of our food, fiber, health, home and industrial resources in a manner that is profitable, safe and environmentally compatible. This workshop is designed to: explain how pests are a critical part of the asthma problem, how CHW’s can identify signs of pests in the home, and what kinds of intervention are possible and appropriate.

Objectives of the IPM Workshop

  1. Recognize health threats in indoor environments, especially asthma triggers
  2. Understand risks to minimize chemical hazards
  3. Know what IPM is and is not
  4. Protect children/staff from infectious diseases by choosing and using the least harmful products and modifying behavior

The workshop is being provided by the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program (PA IPM), housed in Penn State University’s Philadelphia Extension office.

The Summit and the post-conference IPM Workshop are FREE and lunch will be provided. Everyone is welcome to attend both, including healthcare professionals, researchers, public health professionals, educators/daycare staff and parents.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. each morning, for both the Summit and the Workshop.

Please RSVP by Sunday, October 7.


October 17, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
2716 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146 United States
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