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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: Pennsylvania (cont’d)Back to Index

Asthma Safe Kids

National Nursing Centers Consortium

Philadelphia, PA

Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA

(215) 731-7140         

tine@nncc.us

In 2001 the National Nurses Centers Consortium began the Asthma Safe Kids (ASK) program in eight of its member nurse-managed health centers throughout the greater Philadelphia area. ASK serves low-income families of children with asthma aged 0-10 years.

Specially trained outreach workers visit families twice in their homes to conduct a visual environmental assessment, demonstrate how to clean, and offer recommendations to reduce asthma triggers. Families also provide cleaning supplies and mattress and pillow covers. In addition, outreach workers discuss with families proper health care use and basic asthma education as needed. The second visit occurs 1-2 months after the initial assessment.

Program evaluation has revealed decreased hospital utilization and emergency room visits; increased trigger reduction activities (i.e., use of mattress/pillow covers); and improved parents' knowledge about asthma.

The ASK program is ongoing.

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