Mother giving a child an inhaler.

Who is it for?

Families of children ages 2-16 with asthma living in Chester, PA, and surrounding zip codes (19013, 19015, 19016 and 19061) may participate in this program. Eligibility criteria includes the child having 1 inpatient hospitalization or 2 Emergency Department visits for their asthma in the past 12 months.

Chester Community Asthma Prevention Program

In 2018, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey reported that 26.8% of children in Chester had asthma. The Chester Community Asthma Prevention Program operates a Home Visitor Program utilizing peer community health workers to teach in-home classes and provide families with supplies to mitigate asthma triggers in the home environment. CAPP in Chester will also provide classes at community sites in Chester. The goal is to improve asthma-related outcomes in children.

The first CAPP program was launched in 1997 by Dr. Tyra Bryant- Stephens of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to care for children suffering from asthma in the city of Philadelphia. That program successfully cared for hundreds of children and serves as a model for the new Chester CAPP.

How do I participate?

Fill out this Referral Form and email the completed form to Isabella Andreozzi at We will be in contact with further details!

Why Should I Contact Chester CAPP?

The higher burden of asthma on poor Black children is attributed to factors such as difficult access to health care, lack of sensitive and empathetic quality health care delivery, disparate home and school environments, as well as exposure to air pollution, stress and violence. The high cost of home maintenance contributes to the  exposure of children to common triggers such as cockroaches, dust, pets, mice and mold. Barriers to good medical care and environmental improvements are more likely to be reduced by asthma interventions in the home.

The Chester Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) offers free education and care coordination support to families of children in the City of Chester with asthma. Based on a curriculum developed at Georgetown University, You Can Control Asthma, we structure our classes so that both caregivers and children can learn at the same time. CAPP works in Chester to provide:

  • Home visits to address the home environment of children with asthma and to provide one-on-one education
  • Asthma resources for professionals, students and school personnel

This program is made possible thanks to many partners in Chester and the representatives of the Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Center Researchers

Dr. Tyra Bryant-Stephens
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD

Tyra Bryant-Stephens is a board-certified pediatrician in clinical primary care practice for over 30 years and Associate Professor…

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Dr. Courtney Wolk
University of Pennsylvania

Courtney Benjamin Wolk, PhD

Courtney Benjamin Wolk is a Co-Investigator of the Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Courtney is a…

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Isabella Andreozzi

Isabella Andreozzi

Isabella is the Program Coordinator of the Translation Core of the Center. In her role, Isabella administers the…

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Dr. Marilyn Howarth
University of Pennsylvania

Marilyn V. Howarth, MD, FACOEM

Marilyn Howarth is the Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Within the Center,…

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