Quinnipiac University physician assistant student organizing free asthma camp for children 6-12 Aug. 2

Nicole Cottle of Hamden, the Quinnipiac University physician assistant student organizing an asthma camp scheduled for Aug. 2 on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.
Nicole Cottle of Hamden, the Quinnipiac University physician assistant student organizing an asthma camp scheduled for Aug. 2 on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.

A physician assistant student at Quinnipiac University is offering a free asthma camp for children between the ages of 6-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 on the North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road.

“The goal of the asthma camp is to give special attention to each child and focus on the positives of this chronic illness,” said Nicole Cottle of Hamden, the physician assistant student organizing the camp as part of her being named a Paul Ambrose Scholar. “I believe the camp will be a great success for the underserved children of the greater New Haven area.”

The camp will include a range of activities, including ones that will teach the children how to manage their asthma, a lifelong disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.

The children will learn about the anatomy of their asthma, take part in an obstacle course that guides them to their asthma triggers and receive information about infectious diseases that could affect them. Each child who attends the camp will receive an individualized asthma action plan and other educational materials that will help them manage their conditions. A question-and-answer session for parents also will be offered.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 10 million U.S. children under age 18 have ever been diagnosed with asthma; 6.8 million children still have asthma. Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with asthma.

Asthma can be caused by many different factors, including dust, tobacco smoke, dirty air, cockroach droppings, pets, mold, hard exercise, some medicines, bad weather and certain foods. Asthma attacks also can be caused by worrying, over excitement and anger, according to the CDC.

The Paul Ambrose Scholarship Program prepares public health and clinical health professions students to address population health challenges at the national and community level. The program seeks to meet the current and future health needs of the public by providing mini-grant funds to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators project within a student's community or at their academic institution. Since 2002, more than 500 students from more than 160 academic institutions have become Paul Ambrose Scholars.

Cottle, a registered respiratory therapist, holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Utah and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Stevens-Henager College.

Space in the asthma camp is limited. To register, please write to QUAsthmacamp@gmail.com.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,500 full-time undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2014 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit www.quinnipiac.edu. Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.



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