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Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL), Phase II Project

Project Description
Xavier University of Louisiana is partnering with Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) and the Children'Äôs Health Fund (CHF) to provide individualized education to children with asthma, ages 2 to 18, and their families.¬† The results of the Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL) Phase II Project will help us learn how asthma educators can better help with asthma management.

How HEAL Phase II Works
Asthma educators will provide tailored counseling for individual children with asthma (ages 2-18) and their families to improve asthma management and avoid exacerbation of symptoms. The identified population in HEAL Phase II are children who are patients of the Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans'Äô Carrollton, St. Cecilia and Metairie Clinics. DCSNO provides primary and preventative healthcare to infants, children, adults and seniors in New Orleans. The program will also enroll children who receive care at the Children'Äôs Health Fund-Tulane University Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics mobile clinic that currently serves Fredrick Douglas High School and A.D. Crossman Esperanza Charter School.¬†¬†

Partners and Funders

Primary Partners
Center for Minority Health & Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE)
The CMHDRE is supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health. The CMHDRE is charged with: conducting research; providing basic, clinical, and behavioral experiential training; and conducting community outreach education aimed at eliminating Health disparities.

Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans
For more than 175 years, the Daughters of Charity have provided access to high-quality, compassionate health care for the greater New Orleans community, including the insured and uninsured. Patients can receive care for chronic illnesses such as asthma, cardiovascular disease and diabetes at three state-of-the-art health centers. Behavioral/mental health, prenatal care, pediatric care, optometry, dental and pharmacy services are also available. For more information, visit

Children'Äôs Health Fund
Children'Äôs Health Fund, founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/advocate Irwin Redlener, M.D., is the nation's leading pediatric provider of mobile-based health care for homeless and low-income children and their families. CHF's mission is to bring health care directly to those in need through the development and support of innovative medical programs, response to public health crises and the promotion of guaranteed access to health care for all children.¬† For more information, visit

Secondary Partners

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals: The Louisiana Asthma Management and Prevention Program (LAMP)
  • HEAL Phase II Expert Advisory Board
  • HEAL Phase II Community Advisory Group

Project Funders
Merck Childhood Asthma Network (MCAN)
The Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. (MCAN) is a separately incorporated, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization established to address the complex and growing problem of pediatric asthma.  HEAL Phase II is funded by MCAN which, in turn, is funded by the Merck Company Foundation.   For more information, visit  

The Merck Company Foundation
The Merck Company Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation. Established in 1957 by Merck, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit, charitable organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed more than $600 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with the company'Äôs overall mission to help the world be well. For more information, visit

For More Information
If you would like to learn more about the HEAL Phase II Project, please call (504) 520-5376 or email Doryne Sunda-Meya at 

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