The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is nationally and internationally recognized for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based programs in a community, especially in schools. This Pediatric/Public Health Professional-led Center has been active in addressing the public health issues of childhood obesity and school-based bullying.
With the support of Pfizer, both the CHPDP and the Laboratorio Clinico Pedagogico e Ricerca Biomedica, Spedali Civili, have worked cooperatively to develop a clinical health promotion database, called the Expanded Chronic Care Model (ECCM). This database will allow the clinical/health promotion team to document and follow important health/social issues that impact the lives of pediatric asthma patients daily. Namely:
- The relationship between smoking and asthma
- The relationship between obesity and asthma in children
- The potential for children with asthma to be placed in the special needs category, thus being exposed to other social challenges, like school-based bullying