Breathe DC, Inc. Grantee Spotlight
Breathe DC received 501 (c)(3) status in October 2011. The organization collaborates with partners to reach and serve residents which are most in need of lung health education services. Two of its primary initiatives have been to reduce the negative effects of environmental tobacco smoke in public housing; and teach children how to identify their asthma triggers, recognize the signs of an impending asthmatic episode and the importance and proper use of medications.
The grant award of $35,000 supports the “Breathe EASY” asthma home visiting program. The home environment is assessed of children whose asthma is severe and provides tools and services to reduce exposure to known asthma triggers in the home. The program will be expanded to residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Breathe DC received the Goldgeier Award. This award is in memory of Dr. Sheldon Goldgeier, former member and chairman of the QHF Board of Directors who devoted much of his practice to the treatment of pulmonary disease.