Congressional Briefing: Tackling Childhood Asthma through Prevention


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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The Congressional Allergy & Asthma Caucus and Co-Chairs Representatives Carol Shea Porter (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) sponsored this educational staff briefing highlighting the latest research on childhood asthma as well as state and community-based strategies to improve asthma management and health outcomes for children with this disease.

The briefing also highlighted best practices underway in states and communities that are working to keep kids healthy, including a new state Medicaid option which allows reimbursement for community-based asthma prevention.


  • Charlotte Collins, Senior Vice President of Policy and Programs, Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America


  • Dr. Herman Mitchell, Vice President and Senior Research Scientist, Rho, Inc.
  • Judy Dolins, Associate Executive Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Director of State and Community Affairs
  • Tonya Winders, mother of a 10-year-old daughter, Katelyn, with asthma, who was diagnosed at the age of 4 and hospitalized several times over a 5-year period
  • Dr. Stephen Teach, Associate Chief, Emergency Medical Medicine and Trauma Center, Children’s National Medical Center and Associate Director, Children’s Research Institute, Center for Translational Science, IMPACT DC (Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia)

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