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Hospital Receives $10,000 Grant for Asthma Initiative

New Britain [July 29 2008] - The Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, Inc. has awarded The Hospital of Central Connecticut a $10,000 grant for its New Britain Asthma Initiative (NBAI), which helps children and parents better understand and manage children’s asthma.

The grant will help pay for a variety of Initiative services, including education for participating families; tools parents can use to help manage their child’s asthma; and mentoring to ensure families can recognize asthma symptoms and learn to keep a child’s asthma under control.

“We are extremely grateful for the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation’s support,” says NBAI Coordinator Loreen E. Gawel, MPH. “Asthma can be very scary for children and their parents. The NBAI gives these families the support they need to better understand and manage this disease.”

The NBAI is a case management program that is free and open to any child 18 or younger. Only a referral from the child’s primary care physician is required. For program information, call, (860) 224-5900, X4229.

More than 22 million Americans have asthma, a chronic affliction of the airways in the lungs that can cause gasping, coughing or wheezing. Nationwide, about seven million asthma sufferers are under 18. Asthma is the most common chronic illness among school-age children and the number one reason for missed school days.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366

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