RCSD helps students manage their asthma
Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - P'aja Burks-Mataji works with her two sons to help them manage their asthma.
Taking medication daily is enough to manage asthma symptoms but in poor, urban communities, children are less likely to take their medication.
Edna Concepcion is a school nurse at PUC Achieve Charter School. She says there are a number of reasons for that.
"Sometimes they forget, sometimes parents need a little more education on the importance of their children taking the medication and having it," Concepcion said.
For some parents, accessibility is a challenge.
That's where the Preventive Care Program for Urban Children with Asthma comes in.
It's a part of UR Medicine. It partners with city schools to get students to take their medicine every morning at school.
"For the most part, the students who do use their medications and preventive medications are doing really well," said Concepcion.
The program is helping students to better manage asthma on their own, reducing asthma attacks with students like Mosi Burks-Mataji.
He takes his meds daily, he gets a reminder at school and is now setting that example for his younger brother.
"Every morning I’ll see some of the teachers and if I forget they’ll tell me to come down and see the nurse," said Burks-Mataji.
"It's real hard with the little ones, my little one sees his big brother and so they help each other out so it's a great thing," Mosi's mother said.
The program is part of a grant.
Parents can find more information by contacting Paul Tremblay, RN, AE-C at (585) 276-3333 or Reynaldo Tajon, Health Project Coordinator at (585) 276-5141