Sinai Urban Health Institute Asthma Team

The Health Literacy Hero award for September goes to the Sinai Urban Health Institute Asthma Team. Operating under a program called “Helping Children Breathe and Thrive” within Chicago Housing Authority developments, this team has helped more than 180 clients with asthma who live in underserved communities. The asthma team’s health educators meet clients in their homes—teaching not only how to use medications but also assessing homes for adverse asthma-related environmental concerns such as mold. Health literacy is key throughout this process. Kim Artis is one of the team’s health educators. She is justifiably proud of this program, saying, “We have made great strides in keeping our clients well informed and having the ability to now advocate for themselves because they now understand.” To learn more go to