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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: California (cont'd) Back to Index

Oakland Kicks Asthma

American Lung Association of the East Bay and University of California Berkeley

Oakland, CA

Joyce Ycasas, MPH

(510) 893-5474 ext. 317    

jycasas@alaebay.org

Oakland Kicks Asthma is a multi-year public health intervention to reduce morbidity due to asthma among adolescents age 11-18 in the city of Oakland, CA. Oakland is one of seven cities nationwide receiving funding as part of the CDC Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project. This intervention is managed by ALA of East Bay, while UC Berkeley coordinates the evaluation and serves as the fiscal organization. Oakland Kicks Asthma has been implementing project activities since 2003.

The project includes school-based surveillance and education, home-based case management program for high risk youth, and provider education, training, and systems change interventions. Oakland Kicks Asthma also operates a teen asthma clinic, an asthma camp, mass media campaigns, and policy change initiatives.

Evaluation results to date have shown a positive impact on hospital utilization, ED visits, urgent care visits, school absences, quality of life, symptoms, medication use, and lung function. Program activities and evaluation are ongoing at least through 2008.

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