In early April, Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD, founder and director of the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, participated in a small roundtable discussion on climate change and public health with President Barack Obama in Washington, DC.

Dr. Bryant-Stephens shared her firsthand experience of the health impacts of environmental factors on her patients, and explained how CHOP is working to improve outcomes for asthma patients through CAPP and other initiatives.

In his post-roundtable remarks, President Obama highlighted a few of Dr. Bryant-Stephens’ remarks including:

  • Asthma rates are rising, particularly in lower-income communities.
  • Too many resources are being devoted to treating children in the emergency room setting who could have avoided the visit if we took better care of the environment.

Please check out the White House blog for more information.