Tyra Bryant-Stephens, MD is a board-certified pediatrician. She has been in the clinical primary care practice for 30 years. She is nationally recognized for her work in community-driven, evidence-based research in asthma and environmental asthma triggers. In 1997, she founded the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), an asthma program that utilizes community health workers and residents to implement asthma interventions in underserved, poorly-resourced, inner-city communities.
During the past 22 years, she has led many studies and projects to help improve parents’ management of children’s asthma symptoms using community participatory research methodology funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Merck Childhood Asthma Network. For 13 years under her leadership, the CAPP Collaborative has convened an annual conference, Fighting Asthma Disparities, which is attended by local, state, and national stakeholders.
Dr. Bryant-Stephens is a founding member of the Pennsylvania Asthma Partnership and past member of the U.Ss. EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. She coordinates asthma care education annually for primary care physicians in the CHOP CARE network. She has served on local and national advisory boards and currently serves on the Board of Health for Philadelphia. She recently became the inaugural Sr. Director for CHOP’s Center for Health Equity.