Race-Based Asthma Disparities
Join us as CAC launches our Fall 2023 Lunch & Learn series! These days, schedules seem to be more packed than ever; but learning more about asthma management doesn't have to take hours. On the Third Wednesday of each month at noon, we'll be hosting a 30-minute, informal Zoom group with an expert in the field of asthma to educate and answer questions around asthma and issues that can affect those living with it. Lunch and Learn is free and open to all, and designed to be valuable for everyone, from experienced healthcare workers to community members looking to improve their ability to care for themselves and their loved ones.
September's Lunch and Learn topic is Asthma Disparities! Our speaker is Nisarg Bakshi, DO, of Advocate Children's Medical Group. Asthma is a complex condition caused by a variety of factors including genetics, environmental exposures, and comorbid health issues such as allergies and obesity. These factors are inseparably tied to race, with data showing clear disparities in incidence, access to care, and patient outcomes. One way to combat this, as this talk aims to do, is direct intervention in those communities most affected, arming parents, teachers, school nurses, babysitters, family members, and the kids themselves with essential knowledge - how asthma presents, how it is treated, when to talk to a pediatrician, and what to do in case of an asthma attack.
This event is FREE to attend for all, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Nisarg Bakshi, DO
Dr. Bakshi is a pediatrician at Advocate Children's Medical Group, with a special interest in asthma prevention and community health. He is originally from Ohio and moved to Chicago to complete his residency at the University of Chicago. During residency, he saw firsthand the pervasive impact of asthma on children and their families, particularly in underserved communities. In addition to seeing patients in the clinic, he works in the community to ensure that all children have access to preventive care, health education, and community resources. He serves as a board member on the Christopher D Redding Youth Asthma Foundation and was moved by parents - like the Reddings - who lost their children to asthma, but remains inspired by their advocacy.