Asthma Awareness Outreach


Did you know?

Asthma and Hispanic Americans

  • In 2012, 2,145,000 Hispanics reported that they currently have asthma.

  • Puerto Rican Americans have almost twice the asthma rate as compared to the overall Hispanic population.

  • Hispanics are 60 percent more likely to visit the hospital for asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic whites.

  • Puerto Rican children are almost three times more likely to have asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic whites.

  • Hispanic children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic whites.

(Source – HHS Office of Minority Health)

Did you know?

You Are Not Alone!

The Leominster Spanish American Center has begun a new asthma awareness program to help. We have:

  • information and educational materials about asthma in children and adults

  • dedicated staff to help navigate treatment and access to local health care services

Call our Community Health WorkersSonia Rodriguez or Lionel Reinford – for more information and to help you connect to local asthma care providers.

Leominster Spanish American Center, 112 Spruce Street, Leominster, MA 

978-534-3145 ext. 112


Our Outreach Flyer:

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The Leominster Spanish American Center THANKS our friends at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, MA for their kind donation of the PRINT version of our flyer. Muchas Gracias!


Upcoming community program:

The Leominster Spanish American Center

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 and UMassMemorial HealthAlliance Hospital

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Asthma and Your Child.

Presenter: Fernando Catalina Muñoz, MD, PhD

     Medical Associates Pediatrics in Leominster

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Where: Guild Conference Room, Simonds Bldg.

         UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital

         60 Hospital Road, Leominster, MA 01453

When: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Time:  11:00 am – 1pm

Please join us!

Program conducted in Spanish and English – Refreshments will be served

Questions: Contact Ms. Sonia Rodriguez, Community Health Worker, Leominster Spanish American Center 978-534-3145


Funded in part by CHNA #9



Asthma program Wednesday for Latinos in Leominster

By Peter Jasinski

2/29/16 Sentinel & Enterprise


LEOMINSTER — In an effort to combat childhood asthma, the Spanish American Center has partnered with Medical Associates Pediatrics and HealthAlliance Hospital to create a new asthma awareness and education program that will help members of the Latino community seek treatment.

The program’s first event will be held at HealthAlliance Hospital on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at HealthAlliance Hospital’s Simonds building, and will consist of a free Spanish-language informational session on childhood asthma with one of the hospital’s pediatricians.

“We’re trying to reach out to people who have been affected by this disease so they can be tended to,” said Lionel Reinford, one of the Spanish American Center’s community health workers. “We want to be able to provide the services and connections to them.”

Much of the motivation behind getting involved with helping local families gain access to asthma treatment stems from a survey the Spanish American Center helped coordinate in 2013. Working with the United Hmong of Massachusetts and Three Pyramids, the study gathered information from 200 Fitchburg and Leominster families representing the area’s Hmong, African-American and Latino communities.

“We wanted to look at what people viewed as being the primary health issue in their communities,” said Susan O’Brien, the center’s planner and grant writer.

“For the Latino community, the most prominent one was asthma, and now we’re trying to address that.”
Wednesday’s asthma presentation will consist of a presentation explaining what the disease is and possible treatment options, as well as an opportunity for local residents to ask questions they have about asthma.

“A lot of times, parents don’t completely understand the treatment,” O’Brien said. “Often the information isn’t given to them in their primary language.”

Dr. Fernando Catalina of HealthAlliance’s Medical Associates Pediatrics will host Wednesday’s meeting.

“I think this is a tremendously important subject, as it can greatly impact children’s health, and perhaps even save lives, so I’m happy to help,” Catalina said.

This is the first time the center has sponsored this program. In the past, senior members of the local Latino community have been invited to the center for a Spanish-language presentation on asthma but without a doctor present to answer questions.

According to O’Brien, asthma is a common problem in Latino populations across the country, not just Leominster. Referring to a 2013 study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health, O’Brien said Hispanics are 60 percent more likely to visit the hospital for asthma, compared with non-Hispanic whites.

That same study showed that Hispanic children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma than non-Hispanic whites.

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