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Asthma Care for Underserved Populations
ACU engaged in a multi-year project to improve the quality of asthma healthcare for underserved populations. Goals of the project included training clinicians to provide asthma trigger education, management and mitigation strategies within the framework of culturally and linguistically competent care.
The four-year project was funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With the funding, ACU enhanced an existing asthma training curriculum, utilize health information technology (IT) to improve asthma trigger management and education, and produce low literacy patient self management materials in English, Spanish and three Asian languages.
Asthma Indoor Trigger Reduction Tool Card
Explains the six C’s of pediatric asthma case management for clinicians and health workers providing guidance to assist patients in reducing indoor asthma triggers. Cultural, linguistic and practical realities are addressed. Includes a summary of key points and space for users to add local asthma advocacy contact information.
Here in one location, you can find resources including clinical guidelines, patient education and self-management materials, policy briefs, asthma reports, clinical toolkits, mobile technology and asthma information, and smoking cessation and tobacco materials.
Many of the resources are available in both English and Spanish, and some in other languages, including Chinese. Also included are a variety of multimedia tools such as videos and interactive web sites. There are even links to asthma-related training courses where continuing education credits are available.
A Collaborative Approach to Preventing and Treating Asthma in Infants and Young Children (PDF)
Article by Lois Wessel, ACU, and Jacqueline Spain, Holyoke Health Center; reprinted from Zero to Three.
Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9.3 percent of children under the age of 18 have asthma. Children of low-income families experience disproportionately higher morbidity and mortality due to asthma.
Indoor asthma triggers such as mold, dust mites, and cockroaches can contribute to asthma. According to the EPA, the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors – so controlling indoor environmental triggers is integral in controlling asthma.
Asthma treatment following the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute guidelines consists of medication management, testing lung capacity, and developing partnerships with patients to educate them on reduction of triggers.
ACU’s work in asthma education focuses the goal of developing effective partnerships with patients and their families to provide education that empowers families to reduce their trigger exposure.