Childhood Asthma Program (Asthma)
Reproductive & Early Childhood Services
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Chicago Public Schools, Altgeld/Murray Homes Communities


The Childhood Asthma Program is part of a larger service program in the Altgeld Gardens/ Murray Home community.

  • Identify families with asthma or asthma symptoms
  • Support a comprehensive approach to managing and controlling pediatric asthma in the community.
  • Evaluate data collected from a survey, which is the only research component of an otherwise service delivery program.
  • Build linkages among groups serving families with asthma. TCA clinic, area schools, social service agencies, Mobile C.A.R.E vans
  • Educate parents and teachers of children with asthma regarding the reduction of asthma triggers in their environment, and management and control the disease.
  • Recruit parents as "peer health educators" to assist in the education of adults and children in school and communities regarding prevention and management of childhood asthma.


The Department funds two projects, which are managed by the University of Illinois School of Public Health.

  •  The Chicago Asthma School Project for children. The main objective of this project is to train peer educators to teach parents of children with asthma, school staff, children, and community residents about asthma and to collaborate with the Breath-mobile asthma van to provide asthma services to Chicago Public School children and their families.
  • The Altgeld Gardens/ Murray Homes Asthma program initiated to identify families with asthma diagnosis or asthma symptoms, and create linkages to health care services. Health educators and community outreach workers at the TCA clinic collect baseline data from parents or guardians to establish previous diagnosis, or asthma related symptoms.

Delivery Method

Parents are selected and trained by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Asthma screening and follow-up are delivered from a mobile vans supported by other funding sources. Community residents at Altgeld who currently utilize the TCA Health services are given the opportunity to receive treatment, education and follow-up care in a special asthma clinic.

Program Data

SFY07 SFY08 SFY09 SFY 10
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $240.0 $240.0 $240.0 $240.0
Number of Grantees 2 2 2 2
Number Served 40,625 40,625 40,625 43,000

Program Effectiveness

The program continues to make a significant difference in the Chicago Public Schools, increase in the numbers screened, and the number of parents educated. The Altgeld project is well received by the community, and a clinic dedicated to treatment and follow up of families with asthma promises to make a big difference in this community.

Asthma screening efforts identify children at risk and refer them for medical care and treatment. Approximately 43,000 children were screened for asthma or related symptoms and referred for treatment. The Department participates in the Controlling Asthma in American Cities grant funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chicago Asthma Consortium the Suburban Asthma Consortium, and the Illinois Asthma Initiative Partnership administered by IDPH.