Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents Grant Program Awards CHOP $300,000

Grant Will Fund CHOP’s Community Asthma Prevention Program Plus (CAPP+) Home Repairs Program to Improve Health Outcomes for Vulnerable Patients

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been awarded a $300,000 KidCents Regional Grant to fund its Community Asthma Prevention Program Plus (CAPP+) Home Repairs Program, developed to address the impact of unhealthy housing on pediatric asthma outcomes in West Philadelphia neighborhoods.

“Asthma prevalence and asthma attacks are strongly associated with poor housing conditions. Through the CAPP+ project we aim to improve the quality of housing for children diagnosed with asthma,” said Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens, Medical Director of the Community Asthma Prevention Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. “We are very grateful for the Rite Aid grant, which gives us additional funds to repair roofs and provide much needed appliances to make the home environment asthma-friendly for children and families who participate in the CAPP+ project.”

CAPP+ is an initiative of Healthier Together, CHOP’s umbrella initiative that focuses on some of the most pressing health and economic needs in neighborhoods surrounding the hospital’s campus. One in four children who live in West Philadelphia have been diagnosed with asthma. In November 2018, CHOP, in partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC), launched a pilot program facilitating the complete removal of all asthma-related triggers in ten homes. The KidCents Grant will allow CAPP+ to fully fund additional home repairs, provide families with essential supplies necessary to reduce asthma triggers and improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable patients in the community by reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

“Rite Aid and The Rite Aid Foundation have been passionate supporters of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for 25 years. Through our annual in-store Miracle Balloon Campaign and other special events, we’ve raised more than $92 million for local children’s hospitals,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We are excited to expand the reach of our partnership and help local children’s hospitals make an even greater difference in their communities.”

The Rite Aid Foundation is awarding $2.3 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the nation through the KidCents Grant Program. The grants, ranging from $49,000 to $300,000, will enable local children’s hospitals to advance initiatives focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children in the communities Rite Aid serves.

To-date, a total of 20 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in California, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington received grants.

Other funded programs include a scholarship initiative that enables children with special needs to attend medical camps, a science education outreach program for students in low-resource schools, and a Safe Sleep Campaign, which provides safe sleeping kits for at-risk families.

Contact: Jennifer Lee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6084 or leej41@chop.edu