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Who We Are:
The Children’s RESPIRA Education Program – RESPIRA USA
We are an exciting FREE education program designed in 2006 to provide bilingual educational and medical services to Latino families in Essex, Union, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Middlesex, Bergen, and Monmouth Counties in New Jersey, who have asthmatic children. The program educates both parents and children about the development, triggers, and treatment of asthma. In addition, we provide each participating child with an individualized Asthma Action Plan, which is currently a state mandate. Families without medical insurance may qualify for help with medications and all asthmatic children will be referred to the UMDNJ Pediatric Specialty Services and other specialty services in their area for evaluation. We are a program of Latinos for Latinos…

What we do:
We Educate, Empower and Enhance…
Our program consists of one two-hour education session, subdivided into sessions for parents and children. This program is given at several sites in each county including the schools, churches, community based organizations, etc. After the initial education session, there will be two home visits, conducted by a bilingual Health Educator and a Public Health Representative. Three weeks after the education session, they will visit the family at their home to assess how the child is doing, obtain information about any hospitalizations or emergency room visits, assess asthma triggers in the home setting and provide supplemental asthma education on how to about avoiding allergens. Families who need social service assistance will be referred for help. A second follow up home visit will be done six weeks after the first home visit to ensure that acquired knowledge is sustained and that the child has an Asthma Action Plan. The RESPIRA staff will contact the family four months after the presentation to follow up on the child’s health, and again one year after the presentation to assess the child and family’s quality of life.

Our story:
During her practice at the UMDNJ-sanofi-aventis Pediatric Asthma Center, now part of the Specialty Services Clinic, Dr. Montalvo-Stanton has found a great need to work with Latino families who may face limitations such as language barriers and difficult socioeconomic conditions. Some families may use the emergency room as the primary way for treating their child’s asthma, and therefore have inconsistent health care providers. We have found that many families lack the knowledge necessary to manage their children’s asthma conditions and some are using ineffective folk remedies to treat symptoms and/or are incorrectly using prescribed asthma medications. As a result, we have designed The Children’s RESPIRA Education Program – RESPIRA USA


Our Contact info:

The Children’s RESPIRA Education Program
Dr. Evelyn Montalvo Stanton

Pediatric Pulmonologist, FAAP, FACP
Director and Founder of “The Children’s RESPIRA Education Program”

UMDNJ - Doctor’s Office Center
90 Bergen Ave. Suite 5200
Newark, NJ 07101-1709
Phone: 973-972-7942

UMDNJ - Pediatric Subspecialty Services
35 Journal Square, Suite 821
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: 201-653-5213

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