Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes (CHICAGO)


Chicago is an epicenter for asthma health disparities in the U.S., with African-American children 5-11 yrs. bearing a disproportionate share of the burden.  Among the most visible of these disparities is the high rate of visits to the Emergency Department (ED) for uncontrolled asthma. It is unclear how effective guideline recommendations and strategies to reduce environmental triggers of asthma really are, after children are discharged from the ED.

The CHICAGO Plan is a collaborative effort between 13 Chicago based institutions, including the University of Illinois Hospital & Sciences System, Sinai Health System, Rush University Medical Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Chicago Department of Public Health, Respiratory Health Association, Chicago Asthma Consortium, NorthShore University Health System, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. This broad-based collaborative, including caregivers, patient advocacy groups, public health officers, and patient-centered outcomes researchers is dedicated to eliminating asthma health disparities. 

Drawing on collaborations that span nearly two decades, we propose studies testing both provider- and patient-level interventions to improve clinically meaningful outcomes in a minority pediatric ED population with uncontrolled asthma.  The goal is to improve outcomes in minority children with uncontrolled asthma, through provider and patient-level interventions.

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To learn more about CHICAGO Plan, contact Kate McMahon at 
or (312) 628-0235.