CHOP and Penn Med Collaborate on Children’s Environmental Health


Researchers are also concerned about asbestos in Philadelphia schools, and they will work on a program that helps parents understand the risks of asbestos in their children’s schools.

Air pollution will be a top priority for the center as CEET has found the Philadelphia-Reading-Camden area to be among the 25 worst in the United States.

Building on the Children’s Hospital Community Asthma Prevention Program, or CAPP, which has supported families of children with asthma in Philadelphia for more than 20 years, the center will expand the initiative to the city of Chester. , providing education and resources to help families there alleviate asthma triggers at home.

“There is nothing like CAPP in Chester to treat asthma. We know that low-income areas, which are occupied by minority populations, that those areas tend to have issues with redlining, which impacts the housing stock,” said Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens, who leads the CAPP.

“One in four children in North Philly has asthma, and asthma can be triggered by indoor environmental exposures, and that includes dust, cockroach and mouse dander, mold, smoke exposure from tobacco, as well as volatile organic compounds, which can come from carpets, floors, cleaners,” she added.

“Our patients at CHOP, we see children with asthma every day who are exposed even at home and at school to these triggers. When they are chronically exposed to these triggers, it causes their airways to become inflamed and as their airways swell, they produce more mucus, they become reactive to other triggers, such as viruses, so when they catch a cold, because of this underlying inflammation, they tend to have asthma attacks or asthma flare-ups.


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