Reporter Christopher Booker and producer Connie Kargbo were in Kentucky to cover the revival of hemp production in the state. They added AIR Louisville to their reporting agenda as well.
Booker interviewed Mayor Greg Fischer and Ted Smith from city government as well as two women who are participating in the asthma program. Christine Vaughan works at Insider Louisville and was one of the first people to join AIR Louisville. Dawn Sirek is new to the program. She is an emergency room nurse at Kosair Children's Hospital and developed asthma after contracting viral pneumonia as an adult. Dawn said that learning to live with asthma has changed her daily life. "I had never paid attention to those air quality alerts before, but now I try to stay away from downtown on those days," Dawn said. The unhealthy air on high ozone days makes it hard for her to breathe.
Dawn also said that medication reminders also help her manage her asthma. The Propeller Health system includes a sensor that fits on top of an asthma inhaler and an app. The app connects with the sensor to record when and where a person takes a dose of medicine. Participants also can use the app to set reminders to take daily doses of maintenance medicine.
"My husband pays more attention to my symptoms now, he didn't understand before," Dawn said. "Now my phone dings every morning at 9 am and 9 pm, so it's been in our conversation more."
The Newshour story will be broadcast in October. We'll let you know when it appears.
Thanks to the Community Foundation of Louisville for letting us use their board room for the interviews. We also appreciate Christine and Dawn taking the time to talk about their experience with our community asthma program.