Public Prep and a.i.r. NYC launched an innovative partnership in the fall of 2014 to reduce school absences caused by asthma. a.i.r. NYC has a proven track record of reducing absences related to asthma and hired a full-time Health Educator to work with Public Prep’s four public school campuses in the South Bronx.
The Heath Educator, Sarah Wilkinson, provides tailored lessons for our students, such as a lesson on indoor and outdoor asthma triggers at Boys Prep and a lesson advocating against idling cars at Girls Prep Bronx Middle School.
Asthmatic children also have the opportunity to enroll for free in a.i.r. NYC's home-visit program, which provides up to six sessions per year aimed at reducing asthmatic triggers in the home and encouraging medication compliance. a.i.r. NYC also provides free legal assistance through a partnership with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Integrated Pest Management in students’ homes, and referrals to supportive services for families, such as smoking cessation programs.
Zarida, parent of her 6 year old daughter, Aliza, takes us through her experience with the pioneering yoga and mindfulness program at Girls Prep Bronx Elementary in NYC.