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Childhood Asthma



2013 Summer Health for America Fellowship

Health for America 2013 fellows


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.

Fellowship Highlights

  • 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


2013 Summer fellows: Abena Dakwahene, Glenn L. Means III and Miki Templeton

Clinical Partner

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.

Children's National Health System