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The Breathmobile is the Bay Area’s asthma clinic on wheels that provides FREE asthma & allergy treatment, medicine, & education- that keeps children IN school & OUT of the emergency room.

Berkeley, California (Friday, October 19, 2012) - Students at Malcolm X Elementary are breathing a little easier. On Thursday, October 18, the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. (PJCCE), in partnership with the Berkeley Unified School District and the City of Berkeley Public Health Division, held the first of many school-based asthma clinics in Berkeley.

Asthma is one of the leading health causes of school absenteeism, especially in elementary students. The goal is to keep children healthy so that they are able to participate and learn in school. The Breathmobile clinic engages parents in their child's care, and reaches out to the students' primary health-care providers. Coordination among parents, school, and health care services is critical to keeping children with asthma healthy and in school. 

"We know that healthy children do better in school, and children who do better in school are healthier throughout their lives," said City of Berkeley Health Officer Dr. Janet Berreman, M.D., M.P.H. "The Breathmobile is an exciting step forward in addressing the needs of children with asthma. The program at Malcolm X started with 17 students, and that's a great beginning."

"There are so many diseases that we cannot control, but asthma is a controllable disease," said Dr. Washington Burns, Executive Director of the PJCCE. "By having the Breathmobile, we can drastically reduce emergency room visits, hospitalizations, school absenteeism, reduce medical costs, and decrease morbidity and mortality of asthma by teaching children and their parents how to control their  asthma. We are also increasing children’s academic performance."


About the Breathmobile
The Breathmobile is owned and operated by the PJCCE and is a free mobile asthma clinic that provides diagnosis, education, and treatment for children with asthma. It is equipped with an intake station, testing area for vital signs including lung function measurement, allergy testing, and an exam room. It is staffed by asthma and allergy specialists including a pediatric allergist, registered nurse, and respiratory therapist. Also on board are two computer systems: a health risk assessment system and an electronic medical records system.

For more information
To learn more about the Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc., and the Breathmobile, please visit http://www.prescottjoseph.org/.

If you are a resident looking for information about asthma resources in the community, please contact Victoria Lopez at (510) 981-7687.


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