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WIN for Asthma Receives EPA's Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management

On June 17th, WIN for Asthma was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its 2010 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. For more information:

100 Families Graduate During the 3rd Annual WIN for Asthma Family Graduation Ceremony

On June 16th, WIN for Asthma honored100 program graduates at the 3rd Annual WIN For Asthma Graduation Ceremony. During the ceremony, each of the program graduates received an award and the program partners and staff were recognized for their contributions to the graduation ceremony and the larger WIN for Asthma program.

Residents Take to the Streets During the Annual Washington Heights/Inwood Asthma Awareness Walk

On June 5th, Washington Heights/Inwood residents took to the streets to call attention to the burden of asthma in their community and to spread positive asthma management messages, including tips to reduce asthma triggers.

Program Overview

Childhood asthma is a major public health problem with rates highest among minorities, families with low-education attainment, and among those who reside in low-income communities. In Northern Manhattan childhood asthma rates are three times the national average. Despite proximity to a large academic medical center, gaps in culturally appropriate asthma care and related supports lead to significant health risks for local children with asthma and compromised quality of life for their families.

In 2005, New York-Presbyterian Hospital partnered with the community of Washington Heights/Inwood to develop and implement the Washington-Heights Inwood Network (WIN) for Asthma - a hospital-community partnership designed to strengthen the existing community-wide network of care and to improve outcomes for local children with poorly controlled asthma.

Bilingual Community Health Workers serve as the single point of contact for families who require comprehensive asthma education, support, and multiple referrals for services such as housing, immigration, and mental health. Community Health Workers are based in local community based organizations, allowing them to remain anchored in the community while also maintaining a strong presence in ACN clinics and the hospital where, during daily rounds, they connect with families who require immediate support.

Outreach & Accomplishments

Since 2006, Community Health Workers enrolled more than 400 families of children with high risk asthma who received comprehensive asthma education, a home environmental assessment, trigger reduction tips, referrals for clinical and social services, and on-going support. After 12 months in the program, ED and hospitalization rates decreased by more than 50%, school absenteeism decreased by 30%, and caregiver confidence in controlling their child's asthma increased by nearly 40%.

Special Features
  • Commitment and involvement of community partners from program inception to date.
  • Community Health Workers linked to local clinics, the hospital, and community settings facilitate fluid interaction and support for families and further strengthen hospital-community ties.
  • Simple and effective Asthma Hotline fields referrals from physicians, hospital staff, community partners and individuals seeking help.
Populations Served

Families of children 0-18 with high-risk asthma in Washington Heights/Inwood and West Harlem, the project area extends from 130th Street to the northern tip of Manhattan and from the Hudson River to Saint Nicholas Avenue (roughly six square miles).

Monthly Asthma Education Workshops:

WIN for Asthma hosts monthly workshops facilitated by the Medical Director who is also a local pediatrician. These workshops are hosted in local community based organizations and are open to all. For information about the next workshop, please call: 212-305-2076.


The WIN for Asthma Program Manager and Medical Director were invited to present WIN for Asthma's nationally recognized care coordination model at the following local and national conferences:

  • American Public Health Association Annual Meeting - 2008, 2009, 2010
  • American College of Chest Physicians, CHEST Annual Meeting - 2008
  • NIH Summit: The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities - 2008
  • Eastern Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting - 2009
  • Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting - 2009
  • Xavier University Health Disparities Conference - 2009
  • National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions Annual Meeting - 2010.


WIN for Asthma Hotline
(212) 305-2076

Patricia J. Peretz, MPH
Program Manager
WIN for Asthma
(212) 305-4065
Luz Adriana Matiz, MD
Medical Director

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