OCTOBER 2009

COVER STORY
 

UCLA Breathmobile Delivers Care to Kids with Asthma

Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA rolled out its new UCLA Breathmobile, an “asthma clinic on wheels,” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 23. The UCLA Breathmobile was donated to the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) under the sponsorship of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

The UCLA Breathmobile provides free diagnosis, treatment, medication and education to high-risk children with asthma and for those who are unable to keep regular visits with an asthma specialist. Staffed by a physician, registered nurse, patient-service worker and a coordinator/driver who manages the logistics of visits, the UCLA Breathmobile will be visiting 25 schools in the Long Beach and Wilmington area. The UCLA Breathmobile will primarily service schools along the 710 Long Beach Freeway, in areas where children live, play, and go to school in close proximity to the very industrial and polluted Port of Long Beach.