East Harlem Asthma Center To Reduce Asthma Hospitalizations 50% By 2010

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New facility in East Harlem will improve treatment of asthma, the most pressing public health problem in the neighborhood.

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The new East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence will be placed in a storefront location, train medical providers in the latest and most effective treatments and medications, and help reduce exposure to the environmental triggers that exacerbate asthma. The Center will ensure that children with asthma lead full, healthy, productive lives. PlaNYC, the Mayor's long-term sustainability plan, aims to give New York City the cleanest air of any City in America by reducing the harmful pollutants that decrease lung function and aggravate asthma. Together with the implementation of PlaNYC, the establishment of the new asthma center will provide a cleaner and safer environment for East Harlem families. At the announcement, held at P.S. 57 in East Harlem, Borough President Stringer also launched his "Go Green East Harlem" initiative.

"East Harlem has the highest asthma rate in the city. This is a serious problem and it's something that we've been working with Congressman Rangel, Borough President Stringer and Council Member Mark-Viverito to address," said Mayor Bloomberg. "The asthma rate among our City's children is unacceptably high and the Center of Excellence and the PlaNYC agenda will take steps that we know will reduce it."

"With the resources of this great city, no child's place of birth should determine whether they suffer from asthma," said Borough President Stringer. "The East Harlem Asthma Center of Excellence will set the bar for comprehensive coordinated services and provide the children of El Barrio with the support they need and deserve. This neighborhood wants a better neighborhood

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Asthma is likely to increase in East Harlem as the City continues to install dog runs with crushed stone surfaces which contains powder fine dust that blows around with every breeze coating people, benches and the surrounding park. Recent East Side installations include East River Parks Haswell Green located in the 60's and Carl Schurz Park located in the 80s. There have been many complaints by residents with allergies to the particulate pollution caused by the fine crushed stone. Despite the complaints and despite alternative less costly dog run surfaces, Jessica Lappin, Carolyn Maloney and Micah Kellner continue to fund use of these dog run surfaces on the advice of Bill Castro, Manhattan Parks Commissioner and Adrian Benepe Parks Commissioner.