Dulce Chavez participated in the Pipeline to Proposal award with the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition (PSAC) and Julie Postma, PhD, as project lead in 2017, reaching the third tier of the PCORI research funding system. This project was focused on children with asthma and on educating parents of those children about the risks and asthma triggers in the environment such as e-vape, woodsmoke, conventional smoking, and so on. The PSAC leaders and members worked on discovering and outlining asthma triggers and risks in schools, daycares, and homes, and exploring the roles that providers play in caring for children with asthma. The project team partnered with other organizations such as the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Mujeres Latinas Apoyando la Comunidad, Clean Air for Kids, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, and University of Washington in order to expand the outreach to different communities and disseminate the education and information acquired and the results of this project. Besides being a patient caregiver, Chavez is a mother of two children with asthma, she has been a Certified Medical Interpreter in the state of Washington since 2010, and she has also been a member of Mujeres Latinas Apoyando la Comunidad since 2013. The group focuses on teaching parents of children with asthma how to take care of these children in a better and more cost-effective way. She has been a member of the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition since 2016. PSAC addresses different topics related to asthma such as school nurses’ roles and the active participation of children in their own treatment. Her profession has given her the opportunity to access firsthand information about the major impact of this condition on minorities, immigrants, and low-income communities, and that is why she would like to participate in the Ambassador program, so she can work with these communities and educate them further.

Involvement with PCORI

Pipeline to Proposal (Tier I): Puget Sound Asthma Coalition: A Community, Clinical and Academic Partnership – Working Group Member

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