Using Parent Mentors to Manage Asthma Care for Urban Minority Children of Wisconsin


Asthma, the most prevalent chronic childhood illness, disproportionately affects minority children. This project will conduct a community-based trial to test whether minority parents trained as mentors could successfully coach other minority parents in managing their children's asthma. Activities in the first phase will include recruitment and training of parent mentors and recruitment of families. Funding for subsequent phases to evaluate outcomes and summarize the experiences of children, parents, mentors, and physicians would be requested if initial work proceeds satisfactorily. If this mentoring model is shown to be effective and is disseminated broadly, it could help to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits, lower costs for asthma care, reduce asthma morbidity, empower parents to manage their children's condition, and, ultimately, reduce racial and ethnic disparities in asthma care outcomes. The Medical College of Wisconsin and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will provide cofunding for all project phases.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Medical College of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator:
Glenn Flores, M.D., FAAP
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 8, 2003

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