SAN DIEGO – Researchers at San Diego State University have been awarded a $4 million federal grant to improve asthma education and treatment strategies for Latino youth of Imperial Valley, Calif., according to a press release.
The Imperial County Asthma Research Project will join John Elder, PhD, and Guadalupe X. Ayala, PhD, of SDSUâ€™s Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, and partners ClÃnicas de Salud del Pueblo, ComitÃ© CÃvico del Valle, and the California Department of Public Healthâ€™s California Breathing program to study the youth populationâ€™s asthma complications.
â€œParents assume their kids can manage a lot more of their care on their own than may be true,â€ Ayala said in the press release. â€œWe need to train kids how to be self-dependent. That leads to better adherence, which leads to improved quality of life.â€
The researchers also will assess if the project minimizes asthmaâ€™s impact on families and quality of life.