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Brooklyn Campus Hosts Asthma Forum

Free Asthma Screening Available at May 4 Event Aimed at Improving and Saving Lives

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Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
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Brooklyn, N.Y. - Health care providers will screen patients for asthma and provide self-management tips to sufferers of the breathing disease during the Brooklyn Asthma Forum on May 4, from noon to 8 p.m., at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus in downtown Brooklyn.

The Campus’ Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program is teaming up with “Not One More Life,” an asthma control program based in Atlanta, to commemorate World Asthma Day with an event that aims to boost asthma awareness. “Not One More Life” partners with communities of faith to deliver the message of asthma awareness.

The Borough of Brooklyn Ecumenical Advisory Group and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Minority Health are also sponsoring the Brooklyn Asthma Forum.

“Asthma must be kept in the public’s consciousness,” said James Mantle, program coordinator for Brenda Pillors, while noting the alarmingly high asthma rates in many Brooklyn communities. “Asthma is still here and we can’t let up without giving the proper resources to continue to fight it.”

In addition to the free asthma screening, the event will feature fun and engaging activities for children, general health information and refreshments and giveaways. Dr. John D. Clarke, a family doctor who created a new music genre called "Health-Hop®," will perform asthma-themed rap music about 6:00 p.m.

The Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program is a community-based asthma education program serving Brooklyn. The Campus’ School of Health Professions administers the program in conjunction with health professionals from outside the University.

The Brooklyn Campus is located at 1 University Plaza, at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and DeKalb Avenue.

Posted 04/26/2010

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