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Global Institute for

          Hispanic Health articles

          examine air pollution,

          asthma patients

          A joint project between Driscoll Children’s Hospital
          and Texas A&M University Health Science Center
          (Texas A&M Health) is helping South Texas
          understand the connection between air pollution and
          children with asthma.

          Texas A&M Health and Driscoll Children’s Hospital
          Global Institute for Hispanic Health (GIHH) awarded
          grant funding in 2018 to four research teams in its
          inaugural Clinical Research Seed Grant program. The
          program provides research seed funding for clinical,
          translational and health services research projects
          primarily aimed at eliminating healthcare disparities
          in Hispanic communities.

          One of the teams of researchers published two
          articles in the International Journal of Environmental
          Research and Public Health. Both manuscripts come
          from work funded by the GIHH Seed Grant. Lead
          investigators from each institution include Genny
          Carrillo, MD, director of the Program on Asthma
          Research and Education at Texas A&M Health, and
          Jon Roberts, MD, FCCP, Pediatric Pulmonologist and
          Program Director of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital
          Cystic Fibrosis Center.
          The first article, “Association between Ambient      South Texas, and how they impact asthma disease
          Air Pollution and Hospital Length of Stay among      in our hospital and in our community. I am proud to
          Children with Asthma in South Texas,” was published   be a part of this wonderful collaboration with Texas
          in May 2020 and the second, “Effect of Ambient        A&M, which goes to show what can be accomplished
          Air Pollution on Hospital Readmissions among the     by putting great institutions (and minds) together,”
          Pediatric Asthma Patient Population in South Texas:   Roberts said.
          A Case-Crossover Study,” was published in July 2020.  “The Seed Grant Program is intended to jump-start

          Both studies found that air pollution levels were    collaborative efforts between Texas A&M Health and
          significantly associated with prolonged length of    Driscoll Children’s Hospital to research some of the
          hospital stay and hospital readmissions.             toughest health problems for children in our region.
                                                               Once a community understands a problem, we can
          “Asthma is unique in that it is a genetic disease that   start doing something about it to change outcomes.
          is affected by changes in the environment. This      Ultimately, this work is about making sure that
          research is important because it looks at an asthma   every child has the best chance possible to grow up
          trigger close to home – air pollution. The studies   healthy,” said Erin Richmond, Program Manager of
          specifically looked at certain types of air pollution in   GIHH.

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