WellHome Asthma Breakfast 

As many of our WellHome families have requested opportunities with asthma experts to find out more about their conditions, the WellHome team organised an informal coffee morning to mark the start of 2024.

Located in the warm and friendly Nourish Hub - an innovative community hub close to Shepherd’s Bush – residents joined experts to find out more about the causes, symptoms, and how to manage asthma. Although the clinician Dr. Jenni Quint could not make it in the end, the event was a unique opportunity to hear about Dr Angela Pinot de Moira’s (Epidemiologist from the National Heart & Lung Institute) research on the social inequalities shaping asthma, based on birth cohort studies across several countries. For example, having parents with asthma is one of the most common factors in developing it, yet asthma inequalities in the UK are much higher than in Denmark, and 20% of factors leading to asthma (such as maternal smoking, duration of breastfeeding) arise during pregnancy and infancy.

After a hearty breakfast and short talks, a varied Q&A session with over 35 attendees explored how to deal with infections for asthma sufferers, to the connections with the cost of living crisis. Participants then enjoyed an interactive snakes and ladders game to better understand the social lottery that impacts respiratory conditions.

Overall, the morning involved strengthened connections between WellHome families and the research team, hearing about local schemes in the borough (such as Hammersmith & Fulham’s cost of living support and energy efficiency upgrades), and exchanges between local residents and Imperial researchers about indoor Air Quality. From our feedback, we know that participants mostly enjoyed hearing about new research, having in-depth conversations with experts, and gaining tips and advice on their conditions.

The main knowledge takeaways for attendees included the life-threatening nature of asthma, the connections between asthma and poor Air Quality, and how poorly the UK fares in terms of asthma inequalities compared to other European countries.

We very much value these events to come together in dialogue, to improve health for all. As greater support provided to pregnant women can help to address inequalities in asthma, we look forward to continued engagement between Imperial and local communities, to ensure we are reaching those who will benefit the most. If you have any questions about this event, please get in touch: wellhome@imperial.ac.uk or 07596955261.

Planetary Protectors Club

Planetary Protectors is an after-school kids club run with our community partner NOVA, asthma awareness events, and school sessions specifically for the W10, W11 and W12 area. Please get in touch with Esther Lie (Community Coordinator) wellhome@imperial.ac.uk / 07596955261 if you would like to discuss future collaborations or ideas.

With the multi-disciplinary practitioner Mo Langmuir, a series of hands-on sessions with local families and kids clubs were carried out to create an artwork that incorporates local residents' feelings, journeys and creative responses to air pollution. As an educational resource, this map quilt is being used in local schools and community centres to explore air quality with wider audiences. It represents both Imperial College London air pollution data and the indoor-outdoor journeys of local residents over a 24 hour period.

Find out more about the collaborative Indoor Outdoor Continuum project: https://molangmuir.com/The-Indoor-Outdoor-Continuum

The approach is to create a map which merges Imperial College's air pollution data.

Some examples of their work.