Community research

Tyra Bryant-Stephens, is a board-certified pediatrician in clinical primary care practice for over 30 years. In 1997 she founded the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), an asthma program that utilizes community health workers to implement asthma interventions in underserved, poorly-resourced inner-city communities. As Medical Director of the program, she leads a core staff that includes a nurse clinical coordinator, research coordinators and lay home visitors.

Dr. Bryant-Stephens is nationally recognized for her work in community-driven, evidence-based research in asthma and environmental asthma triggers.  Over the past 20 years she has led a number of projects to improve family management of children's asthma symptoms using community participatory research methodology. These projects received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Health and Merck Childhood Asthma Network.

CAPP has made over 20,000 home-based asthma visits, educated 3,000 caregivers in community education classes, provided site-based asthma trainings for hundreds of primary care providers and taught more than 600 children in school-based asthma classes. For the past ten years under Dr. Bryant-Stephens’ leadership, the CAPP Collaborative has convened an annual conference, The Fighting Asthma Disparities Summit, attended by local, state and national stakeholders.

Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Asthma Partnership and a past member of the US EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. She coordinates asthma care education annually for more than 40 primary care physicians in the CHOP Care Network, which serves approximately 40,000 inner-city patients and conducts over 100,000 patient visits each year. She has served on local and national advisory boards and currently serves on the Board of Health for Philadelphia.


Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC


Pediatrics - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA

Board Certification


Titles and Academic Titles

Director, Community Asthma Prevention Program

Attending Physician

Departments and Services



Bryant-Stephens T, Kurian C, Chen Z. Brief report of a low-cost street-corner methodology used to assess inner-city residents' awareness and knowledge about asthma. J Urban Health. 2011 Feb;88 Suppl 1:156-63. No abstract available.

Herman EJ, Keller A, Davis A, Ehrensberger R, Telleen S, Kurz R, Nesvold JH, Findley S, Bryant-Stephens T, Benson M, Fierro L. A model-driven approach to qualitatively assessing the added value of community coalitions. J Urban Health. 2011 Feb;88 Suppl 1:130-43.

Bryant-Stephens T, Kurian C, Guo R, Zhao H. Impact of a household environmental intervention delivered by lay health workers on asthma symptom control in urban, disadvantaged children with asthma. Am J Public Health. 2009 Nov;99 Suppl 3:S657-65.

Bell LM, Grundmeier R, Localio R, Zorc J, Fiks AG, Zhang X, Stephens TB, Swietlik M, Guevara JP. Electronic health record-based decision support to improve asthma care: a cluster-randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2010 Apr;125(4):e770-7. Epub 2010 Mar 15.


Bryant-Stephens T, Li Y. Randomized control trial to reduce indoor environmental allergens in asthmatic children's bedroom. Annual American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Conference, November 2002.


Allen J, Bryant-Stephens T, Pawlowski N. Your Child With Asthma, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Parent Guide. March 2004.