Adults suffer from asthma, too. There are approximately 18.9 million adults with asthma in the United States. Asthma is a chronic disease that remains an epidemic in New York State. Prevalence in New York State has increased over the past decade, with the highest prevalence in New York City, and remains higher than the national average with higher emergency department visits and hospitalizations. And asthmatic adults are more likely to be smokers. Death rates due to asthma in New York City are two times higher than the rest of the state.
a.i.r. nyc's care model brings care and asthma literacy into the home to help families manage this chronic disease, which includes referrals to smoking cessation programs, pro bono legal services, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and other services.