What makes a healthy city? As part of the Greater Louisville Project, writers in The Courier Journal's editorial pages have been debating this question for the last several weeks. Tech leaders, physicians, city officials, and entrepreneurs have covered everything from food deserts to walkable streets to health scores as potential solutions to the health problems many Louisvillians face.
AIR Louisville was called out twice as an innovative approach to helping people with asthma in particular and the health of all citizens in metro Louisville in general. Two doctors who have been great supporters of our program mentioned our community asthma program in their columns.
Dr. Jim Sublett is the co-founder and managing partner of Family Allergy and Asthma. His practice was one of the launch partners for our community asthma program. He and his team are enrolling patients in the program. In addition to helping patients manage their symptoms, he is interested in improving indoor air quality and boosting awareness of air quality in general. Here is what he had to say in his op-ed:
"Louisville is on the forefront of addressing such issues through AIR Louisville, a coalition of various stakeholders, that have come together to identify triggers and determine when and why asthma flares occur. Partners include the city of Louisville and Mayor's office, Propeller Health, the Institute for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil, the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness department, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, employer partners such as Brown-Forman, local health plans such as Passport Health Plan, and allergy & asthma specialists at Family Allergy & Asthma. By working together, we can make a difference."
In his column, Dr. Gil Liu mentioned AIR Louisville as one of several innovative projects focused on improving health in Louisville:
"Louisville continues to lead the country in innovation with this year's launch of the Air Louisville project. Air Louisville connects city-wide air monitoring with advanced sensors that signal when and where individual asthma patients are taking their medications. These partnerships and technologic advances represent creative, strong approaches to inform the public about asthma hotspots and engage the community in cleansing these environments."
Dr. Liu is the director for general pediatrics at the University of Louisville. He is leading KPATCH - the Kentucky Pediatric Alliance for Transforming Children's Healthcare. Doctors and nurses from Family Health Centers, Norton Healthcare, and Louisville Metro Health and Wellness meet monthly to identify best practices for improving asthma care. Dr. Liu has been working with AIR Louisville team to establish a partnership that will allow patients from University of Louisville clinics to join our program.
The AIR Louisville team is grateful to have the support of doctors dedicated to making life easier for people with asthma. It takes time, effort, courage and patience to change the healthcare system. Both Dr. Sublett and Dr. Liu are proving this can be done.