City officials are hoping a new asthma center in East Harlem will improve health in a neighborhood that has some of the highest rates for the respiratory disease. The $3.5 million facility on East 110th street will offer free treatment to asthmatic children.
Health commissioner Thomas Farley says the center is part of an effort to reduce the 25 percent childhood asthma rate in the neighborhood.
"They will refer families with people who can work with them to reduce asthma triggers in the home, such as pests, such as mold, so that they don't have attacks in the first place," Farley says.
The center's consultants will also keep after asthmatic kids to make sure they take their medication and offer smoking cessation programs for parents.