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Complex Pediatric Asthma: Beyond the Guidelines

Every Thursday, 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Nationally, 1 in 11 children have asthma, but in Chicago we see that prevalence closer to 14%. That rate is much higher in communities of color and in low-income communities—where many of our participating providers work— making this a pressing public health issue and barometer for inequality. Fortunately, even complex pediatric asthma can be managed with evidence-based asthma care guidelines that reduce morbidity and mortality. Our Complex Pediatric Asthma series curriculum is designed to expand primary care capacity in diagnosing and managing complex asthma for Chicago’s most vulnerable children and to increase best practices for pediatric asthma management in the community. We will discuss diagnosis, treatment, symptom control, and related comorbidities of the most complex cases of pediatric asthma. We welcome all community-based Pediatric and Family Medicine healthcare providers to join this series and learn how to manage complex pediatric asthma cases and improve the health outcomes of all of your patients.

Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:

  • The epidemiology and definition of asthma
  • Asthma pathogenesis and clinical diagnosis
  • Asthma diagnosis and spirometry
  • Changes in asthma treatment
  • Principles of treatment and medication
  • Control of symptoms and telemedicine
  • Changes in guidelines for asthma treatment
  • Other treatment interventions
  • Self-managemet education for patients and families
  • Comorbiditis-conditions that co-exist with and/or mimic asthma
  • Community partner education
  • Review of EXHALE

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Topic Specialists

Anna Volerman, MD

Associate Director of Meds-Peds Education & Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago

Margarita Guarin, MD

Physician in the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago

Alanna Stinson, MD

Physician in the Pediatric Allergy and Pulmonology Department & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago

Karmin Wright

Community Health Worker at the University of Chicago

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