Children, Elected Officials and Advocates to Rally on City Hall Steps

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Heightened Public Awareness of High Asthma Rates in African-American and Latino Children is Goal

Speaker Christine Quinn, Community Members and Asthmatic Children to Speak

Contact:
Ellen Lubell, The Children's Aid Society, (o) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (o) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Thursday, September 3, 2009
11:00 a.m.

Where:
Front steps of New York City Hall

What:
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Inez Dickens will host a press conference in advance of the 8th Annual Asthma March.

Childhood asthma rates in New York City exceed national rates (17% vs. 13%), especially in certain neighborhoods – Harlem and East Harlem, most of the Bronx and parts of Brooklyn.*

Expected speakers:
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn
Council Member Inez Dickens
Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
Delfina Cruz
, The Children’s Aid Society and President, East Harlem Asthma Working Group
Angela Diaz
, MD, MPH, Asthma March Grand Marshal; Director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and President, Children’s Aid Society Board of Trustees
Tina Gonzalez
, Assistant Director, Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center
Morgan Strydom
, 12-year-old asthma sufferer and Asthma March Grand Marshal
Kyla Bonner
, 11-year-old asthma sufferer and Asthma March Grand Marshal
Debi B. Jackson
, WBLS Radio personality and Asthma March Grand Marshal

The 8th Annual Asthma March will be held on Saturday, September 12, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at 105 East 116th Street in East Harlem and proceeding to the New York State Office Building on 125th Street in Harlem.

The Asthma March, organized by the East Harlem Asthma Working Group and co-sponsored by The Children’s Aid Society, Health Plus, East and Central Harlem District Public Health Office and G-Surgical Supplies, is expected to draw thousands of advocates and community members.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org), founded in 1853, is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or e-mail ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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*New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene