Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program

Responding to the asthma crisis in Brooklyn, LIU Brooklyn, with the support of Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY), created the Brenda Pillors Asthma Education Program. The project was started through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to the Division of Respiratory Care, and sponsored by Congressman Edolphus Towns.

The Program provides a three-pronged approach to asthma by promoting self-management to avoid asthma symptoms, improving cultural sensitivity for health care providers who serve Brooklyn’s diverse communities and advancing common-sense public policy.

BMS Annual Health Summerfest
Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition Fair Brooklyn Public Library Plaza
Discover Your Neighborhood Boys & Girls High School 5 p.m. - 8p.m. June 8 Saturday
CWHA 2nd Annual Thive Community Wellness Expo
10th Annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo

Health Fairs – Over 45 in Two Years
Serving 10 Brooklyn Zip Code Areas
Over 2000 community participants
560 Asthma Screening Spirometry Performed (Breathing Test)

2010 Long Island University Brooklyn Asthma Forum
150 Community Participants, 13 Health-related vendors

Open Airways For Schools – 4 Schools PS 9, 25, 133, 287, 49 Students

Asthma Friendly School Award – helped PS 308 win Gold Level Award

Teacher and Staff Workshops
PS 133 (2), PS 308, PS 157-131 Staff Members
PS 157 PTA Workshop 21 Parents

After School Programs
MS 113 and Ingersoll Community Center

Informational Tabling
YMCA, Brooklyn Central Library, Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition Meetings
Public Library Workshops

Community Health Educator, Certified Asthma Educator
Examination Review Course – 13 Participants; 6 new certified asthma educators!

Physician Asthma Care Education (P.A.C.E.) – A total of 30 physicians, 7 nurse practitioners, 4 nurses, and 4 other health care providers attended

Asthma Care Coordinator at The Brooklyn Hospital Center – Provide asthma education and care coordination to patients and families: 153 Patients

Brooklyn Community Asthma Needs Assessment – Surveyed 279 community members to determine their asthma knowledge and how they wanted to learn about asthma

Partnerships Established

New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH)- Asthma Initiative-Asthma Training Institute
New York City Department of Education-Office of School Health (Open Airways for Schools)
American Lung Association in New York-Open Airways for Schools
Not One More Life
New York City Office of Minority Health-Borough of Brooklyn Ecumenical Advisory Group
New York City Asthma Partnership: (NYCAP)-Steering Committee; Semi-Annual Meeting Planning Committee
The Brooklyn Hospital Center: Health-Community Outreach Program; Respiratory Care Department
Ingersoll Community Center
Duffield Children Care
Brooklyn Smoke-Free Partnership
Brooklyn Central Library
Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA
Long Island University: Brooklyn Campus-Health and Wellness Institute; Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn B’32 Academic Nursing Center; University Health and Medical Services; Advantage Afterschool Program - MS 113
Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE): Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center; Kings County Hospital Center
Member of the Asthma Community Network

What We Do

  • Help you control your asthma
  • Providing access to peak flow meters, spacers, and educational materials
  • Update health professionals about asthma and prepare certified asthma educators
  • Provide a database for asthma-related services in New York City


School of Health Professions