Tyra Bryant-Stephens is a board-certified pediatrician in clinical primary care practice for over 30 years and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1997, she founded the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), an asthma program that implements asthma interventions in underserved, under-resourced inner-city communities.
CAPP has made over 21,000 home-based asthma visits, educated thousands of caregivers in community education classes, provided site-based asthma trainings for hundreds of primary care providers and taught hundreds of children in school-based asthma classes. When CHOP launched its Center for Health Equity in 2021, Dr. Bryant-Stephens was chosen to lead the Center and now serves as AVP, Chief Health Equity Officer. The Center for Health Equity’s vision is to discover, implement and disseminate evidence-based practices and policies so that every child in Philadelphia has equitable care and that every child in Philadelphia achieves their best health.
Dr. Bryant-Stephens is nationally recognized for her work in community-driven, evidence-based research in asthma interventions. Recently Dr. Bryant-Stephens has partnered with home repair agencies to create the CAPP+ program where structural home repairs are carried out to eliminate root causes of asthma triggers. In 2015, her work was recognized by the White House and she was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama to discuss strategies to engage the community in the health impacts of climate change.
She served as a member of the Expert Panel Working Group of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute which released the 2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines. She serves on regional and national advisory committees and locally serves as a member of the Philadelphia Board of Health.