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A Tale of Three Cities: Asthma Support in Baltimore, Chicago and Richmond

On February 9, 2011 @ 5:33 pm In All Articles



“Too many families in our region are living with uncontrolled asthma — and a single death is too many.” – Valerie Nozea, RRT, AE-C, AANMA OSC

You know that feeling of relief when you call a toll-free number, bracing for an endless series of prompts from robotic voices — and you actually get through to a real person? A friendly human connection can make all the difference, whether you’re looking for information or solving a problem.

That’s why when AANMA designed the community-based Great American Asthma Challenge project for the National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) [1] of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) [2],

we hand-picked six volunteer Outreach Service Coordinators (OSCs) [3] to work one-on-one with families in three communities where asthma is especially prevalent: Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL and Richmond, VA.

These volunteers support families from start to finish, helping them understand their asthma management plans, supplying them with educational materials and calling to check on how they’re doing. It’s our way of offering real-life assistance.

Meet our team!

Valerie Nozea, RRT, AE-C
, executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Asthma Foundation [4] based in Bel Air, MD
Lauren Glover, nursing student at Howard University in Washington, DC; works at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown, MD

Kathleen Tierney, RN
, Associated Allergy and Asthma Specialists in Chicago
Wendy Smith, RN, North Chicago Public Schools

Richmond, VA
Jeanne Hill, MHA
, director of the Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Richmond
Susan Desiree Garnett, RN, asthma educator

We’re always looking for new Outreach Service Coordinators (OSCs) [3] to help with programs! C
all 800.878.4403 to get involved today!


*OSC Opportunity:
Join our Indoor AIRepair for Healthier Communities program, which helps families reduce indoor allergens and irritants. This project was created through a cooperative agreement with the
Environmental Protection Agency¬† (EPA) [5]. We’ll provide free training, including a live webinar. Call 800.878.4403.

First published: The MA Report [6], Novemer 2010


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URLs in this post:

[1] National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI): http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/naci/

[2] National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI): http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

[3] Outreach Service Coordinators (OSCs): http://www.aanma.org/about-aanma/osc/

[4] Mid-Atlantic Asthma Foundation: http://www.asthma-foundation.org/

[5] Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA): http://www.epa.gov

[6] The MA Report: http://www.aanma.org/publication/ma-report/

[7] Outreach Service Coordinator (OSC) Volunteers: http://www.aanma.org/advocacy/osc/

[8] Allergy & Asthma Network Applauds Signing of New York Self-Carry, Stock Epinephrine Laws: http://www.aanma.org/2014/10/new-york-state-epinephrine-legislation-needs-your-support/

[9] Back-to-School Asthma and Anaphylaxis Basics: http://www.aanma.org/2012/08/back-to-school-asthma-and-anaphylaxis-basics/

[10] ‘My Personal Allergy & Asthma Guide’ By Nancy Sander: http://www.aanma.org/2012/04/keep-it-simple-get-it-done/

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