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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)Back to Index

Urban Health Plan Asthma Relief Street

Urban Health Plan, Inc.

Bronx, NY

Javier Lopez, MPA

(718) 589-2440 ext. 238    

javier.lopez@urbanhealthplan.org

www.urbanhealthplan.org/asthma.html

The Urban Health Plan Asthma Relief Street program in New York was implemented in 2001 to standardize asthma treatment and education services to ensure that all patients with asthma receive a full range of integrated services with a focus on applying evidence based guidelines while emphasizing patient self management. The program began as a performance improvement project and has developed into one of the organization's ongoing programs.

The asthma management program focuses on an integrated approach in working with patients, their families, providers, and community agencies. A strong health education component serves to highlight and reinforce self-management skills and goals. Strategic partnerships with community agencies are fostered in order to integrate the organization's work with other agencies in the community.  

Highlights of the program include adherence to evidence based clinical guidelines, asthma education curriculum, individual educational sessions, strategic community partnerships, Pedrito and Patty (Asthma Pump Mascots) learning materials, asthma management celebrations, and home environmental assessments.

The program has improved the following health outcomes: hospital utilization, emergency department visits, urgent care visits, school absences, work loss, symptoms, medication compliance, and self-management skills.

The program attributes success to the asthma team's enthusiasm and the senior leadership.

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