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Children's expands asthma work with $1.25 million grant from Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has awarded a $1.25 million research grant to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin aimed at reducing the health risks and economic burden of asthma on children in greater Milwaukee. This news was shared by Peggy Troy, Children’s president and CEO, on May 10 at 16th Street Community Health Center, where Children’s has an urgent care clinic.

“At Children’s we are as committed to keeping kids healthy as we are to treating them when they are sick,” said Troy. “The results of this study will be so important. By sharing what we learn with other health systems and providers, we can get closer to our vision that Wisconsin kids can be the healthiest kids in the nation.”

The grant funded five-year research project will incorporate a preliminary genetic study that will examine associations between a participant’s genes, the irritants that trigger their asthma and their response to environmental interventions. Data about these genetic differences could expand the scope of future asthma research and programs.

Children’s unique approach to asthma management
The grant expands on Children’s unique multidisciplinary approach to manage asthma, which is a chronic lung disease that affects 15 percent of adults and 10 percent of kids in Wisconsin1. Learn more about the asthma efforts of our Community Services, Children’s Community Health Plan and clinical teams.

1http://www.chawisconsin.org/documents/A2WACPlan2015.2020.pdf

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