Asthma is a chronic condition that impacts all ages, ethnicities and communities. Research shows that the burden of asthma can be reduced through high-quality, long-term management.*
Over the last three years, we’ve partnered with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) to improve the quality of care for individuals with asthma across our communities. Through our support, the ALAUM works directly with health centers and providers to offer an evidence-based asthma management framework to improve the quality of care and generate sustainable change within the health care system. The response to this program has been tremendous as we see health centers transform their practices into ideal chronic care models where patients are informed and engaged in their treatment plan, while clinic staff is prepared and proactive in its approach to better manage care.
The “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma Project” has engaged nearly 90 health centers across Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Entering into our fourth year of this partnership, we are expanding the program into Montana and will work with an additional 50 clinics to implement this evidence-based, outcome-focused solution over the next two years.
Throughout this partnership, nearly 2,000 community education and outreach activities have reached nearly 35,000 health care and school professionals and parents of children with asthma. Preliminary results of this partnership demonstrate a more than 50 percent reduction in hospitalizations and emergency-related visits on average for participants with asthma who benefited from this program.
*The Global Asthma Report, Global Asthma Network