November 14, 2006

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Exploring Multiple Dimensions of Asthma Disparities Using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 
Kirsti Bocskay, PhD, MPH, Epidemiologist, Chicago Department of Public Health, Division
of Epidemiology

Socioeconomic and Psychological Associations with Asthma Morbidity in Adults
in the Chicago Initiative to Raise Asthma Health Equity (CHIRAH) Study
John Jay Shannon, MD, Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Networking Break
 Assessment of Adherence to Controller Therapy Using Asthma Prescription Fills 
Ted Naureckas, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago
 Use of Lay Health Educators to Improve Asthma Management among African-American Children with Asthma 
Helen Margellos-Anast, MPH, Epidemiologist, Sinai Urban Health Institute, Sinai Health

 Lung Inflammation among Public Housing Residents in Relation to Regional Air
Sam Dorevitch, MD, MPH, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and
Biostatistics; Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of
Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health



  • 1: Identify relevant asthma disparities data in Chicago that healthcare practitioners can use toward improving quality of life for patients
  • 2: Evaluate reasons provided by Chicago area patient populations to their level of adherence to prescribed asthma controller therapy
  • 3: Assess patient educational strategies within African-American populations that improve adherence to medical advised asthma management