2013 Summer Health for America Fellowship
Childhood asthma occurs when certain triggers inflame the lungs and airways, making it challenging to breathe. It affects 7 million children (almost 10%) in the United States and is listed as one of the leading causes of emergency department visits.
The Health for America fellows organized #GamifyAsthma, a hackathon-style design challenge that generated prototypes of games intended to help children better manage asthma.
They also conceptualized a device intended to improve medication delivery for children with asthma, and produced a paper documenting the outcomes of their fellowship.
- Attended Health DataPalooza and MedCity Engage conferences
- Partnered with accelerator XLerate Health
- Visited Children's Hospital Oakland in Oakland, CA and Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC
- Experienced a workshop at IDEO on childhood asthma
During the pilot program that took place after Health for America originally launched as a standalone nonprofit, HFA fellows worked with Children’s National Health System to explore solutions for pediatric asthma management and medication delivery.