EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSEastern Ky. Counties Begin Initiative To Fight Asthma
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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 25, 2013 2:55 PM EDT
Ashland , Boyd County , Kentucky
Seven counties in eastern Kentucky have begun enrolling families for a pilot program to fight asthma.
The Independent reported the Healthy Homes for Healthy Kids initiative plans to test assessments that are used to identify and reduce environmental factors that trigger asthma. The nonprofit Eastern Kentucky Health Inc. is administering the project in conjunction with local health departments in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott, Lawrence, Floyd and Pike counties.
Officials want to find 100 families to participate in the study. They want families with children from pre-kindergarten through middle school age who have who have unmanaged asthma that is moderate to severe.
Holly West, the executive director of Eastern Kentucky Health, said the rates of asthma in eastern Kentucky are significantly higher than in the rest of the state.
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