Most recently, my research has focused on pediatric asthma. The morbidity from this common childhood disease is significant, and most patients are managed by their community pediatrician. I conducted several cross-sectional studies to better understand asthma management locally. In response to frustration from local pediatricians about patients' non-adherence to inhaled corticosteroids for maintenance care, I collaborated with Dr. Robert Strunk, a nationally respected pediatric asthma specialist and researcher, to develop and evaluate a peer-coaching telephone-based intervention for parents of children with asthma. Our pragmatic intervention built on Dr Strunk's earlier work and was designed to augment primary care asthma management. We evaluated the 12-month program in a cluster randomized trial within our practice-based research network, recruiting 22 practices and 948 families. The program was well accepted by parents and physicians and was effective, especially for families with Medicaid insurance.