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With asthma rates climbing in the state’s cities, New Haven has an “army of one” hitting the streets—with cleaning supplies, advice, and some observations about who’s best prepared to protect their children.

That self-described army is Ashika Brinkley (pictured). The Caribbean native has put down roots in New Haven and targeted asthma as project director for the Health Department’s Asthma Initiative.

One in ten of the state’s children now suffer from asthma, with the number higher in urban area.

Brinkley, 28, is using her hands-on experience in New Haven to look at the bigger picture in Connecticut.

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