Using Parent Mentors to Improve Asthma Care for Urban Minority Children, Phase 2


Asthma, the most prevalent chronic childhood illness, disproportionately affects minority children. The investigators on this project are conducting a community-based trial to test whether minority parents trained as mentors can successfully coach other minority parents to manage their children's asthma. In Phase 1, the investigative team recruited parent mentors and initiated enrollment of participants and their families. In Phase 2, the investigators will continue participant recruitment and begin the randomized trial. Funding for a third and final phase to evaluate outcomes and summarize the experiences of children, parents, mentors, and physicians will be requested if work proceeds satisfactorily. Ultimately, this mentoring model could help to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits, lower costs for asthma care, reduce asthma morbidity, empower parents to manage their children's conditions, and, eventually, 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:
November 9, 2004

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