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Best and Brightest: Helping Kids With Asthma Breathe Easier

Robert Kahn of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center wanted to figure out why some kids suffer asthma attacks more than others and came up with an innovative treatment model.

There’s a great metaphor by medical sociologist Irving Zola: Doctors are always so busy downstream trying to save the patients floating by they never have time to step to the side of the bank and look up at the bridge and see who’s throwing them all in. The challenge [in public health] is that doctors do doctor things, public health folks do public health work, lawyers do their lawyer work. It’s only when you start building bridges that you realize everybody has a common agenda.