Pilot Program To Fight Asthma In Kentucky

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Seven counties in eastern Kentucky have begun enrolling families for a pilot program to fight asthma.

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 unmanaged asthma that in moderate to severe.

Holly West, the executive director of Eastern Kentucky Health, says the rates of asthma in eastern Kentucky are significantly higher than in the rest of the state.