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Childhood Asthma

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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.


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