Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: California (cont'd)
South Bay Asthma Advocacy Program
Paradise Valley Hospital
National City, CA
Mike Collins, MBA, RT, CHE
Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA, began the South Bay Asthma Advocacy Program in 2002 with the goal of providing a sustainable solution that offers patients with asthma the information and tools to improve their quality of life. The program primarily targets children less than 17 years, but the program also serves adults with asthma and has worked with patients up to 64 years old. The adult population makes up < 5% of total referrals.
Urban and suburban program participants and their families receive four in-home education sessions from either a respiratory therapist, certified asthma educator, physician or trained community health worker. At the initial visit, families receive general asthma education. Two weeks later, the second visit takes place where an environmental assessment of the home is done. Two additional visits occur at three- and six-months after the initial visit. At least one brief follow-up telephone call is placed between visits two and four. Case summaries for each patient are sent to the primary care physician after each visit.
Program evaluation to date demonstrated a positive impact on healthcare utilization, school absences, and quality of life for children.
A strength of the program is its self-sustaining model, in which insurance companies pay for the program's services. The program is ongoing due to this support.
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