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Asthma And Health Promotion

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Education and Health Promotion for Hispanic Children with Asthma
Asthma is a one of the most common chronic health conditions that affects children. In the United States, approximately seven million children have asthma, and the estimated cost of caring for children with poorly controlled asthma is over 50 million dollars annually (Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2016). In the State of Connecticut, there are approximately, 86,000 children diagnosed with asthma. A majority of children diagnosed with asthma in Connecticut, live in densely populated urban cities, live below the poverty level, and are of Hispanic descent. Hispanic children are more likely to have poorly controlled asthma, with higher emergency room (ED) visits.
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There are many factors that affect one’s ability to accept the concept of health promotion and wellness. There are social factors such as income, education, ethnicity, age, beliefs, family, location in a community, and politics that influence health. These social determinants of health impacts health outcomes for all age groups within a community. There is a strong correlation between living in an urban area, under the poverty level, and having the diagnosis of a chronic disease (Kumar & Preetha,…show more content…
Hispanic children from low income families, living in urban cities have the highest prevalence of asthma and demonstrate the worst outcomes. Barriers to effective education for the Hispanic population is language and cultural differences. Effective education for Hispanic children involves the entire family. Care givers need to understand what asthma is and strategies to manage symptoms. The provision of an AAP can reduce asthma symptoms and exacerbation by clearly stating the plan of care for the child (Hill, Graham, & Divgi, 2011). Despite an increased focus on appropriate asthma medication and self-management there is a rise in childhood asthma. The focus for health promotion globally, nationally, and locally needs to focus on best-practice asthma education for providers, evaluation of environmental triggers, and understanding of cultural differences (Alicea-Alvarez et al.,
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