News Release

McAuley Health Center Receives Grant from Metro Health Foundation

Asthma is the most common chronic lung disease in children and adolescents in the United States, affecting more than 22 million people. The prevalence of asthma is highest among African American children below the poverty level.

Through a $10,000 grant from the Metro Health Foundation, the McAuley Health Center (MHC) will be able to better improve asthma management in Detroit  by purchasing much needed equipment and materials to assist health professionals to help screen, diagnose and treat more children in the city with asthma.

This important grant will allow McAuley Health Center to screen children at risk or with asthma, treating acute asthma symptoms and implementing an asthma action plan that will empower the child to more effectively manage their asthma.

University of Detroit Mercy Nursing Professor Carla Groh is excited to be able to help more children with Metro Health Foundation’s assistance. “The McAuley Health Center (MHC) is excited about the opportunity to provide more comprehensive asthma care to our pediatric patients, she explained.  “With the increasing prevalence of childhood asthma, effective screening, diagnosis, and symptom management is important for achieving better health outcomes and improving quality of life. Funding for this project supports the mission of the MHC which is to provide high quality primary health care and health promotion services to the Metro Detroit community, Groh added.  

This project is being coordinated at the Conner MHC site and will partner with the Joy Southfield Health ad Education Center for the screening and treatment of children 5 to 21 years of age. Research has shown that there is a correlation between asthma, school performance and illness. By implementing this grant, MHC will help decrease the correlation between those factors. 

Short-term goals to be accomplished by receiving this grant would be to screen and treat 100 Detroit children at risk or with asthma during the funding period. A few long-term goals of MHC are decreasing hospitalizations due to asthma related symptoms, empowering children with asthma to want to manage it and be healthy, and reduce asthma that might continue on to adulthood.

Release date: April 20, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 13th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest universities in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."