Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Washington (cont’d)
The Childhood Asthma Project
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic
(509) 457-6540 ext. 3213
The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Childhood Asthma Project in Yakima County, Washington was established in May 2001 to improve the health status of children with asthma, improve access to health resources for families of children with asthma, and improve the environmental health of the community.
Project activities included education to children with asthma during clinic and home visits. Education included asthma definition, identifying triggers, symptoms, avoiding triggers, self-management, and medications. Demonstration and feedback was included in the education sessions. The project also provided asthma training (Little Lungs Breathing) to daycare workers.
The August 2004 evaluation reported improved hospital utilization, emergency room visits, and medication use. Also reported was increased trigger reduction activities (e.g., use of dust permeable covers, pets removed from the child's bedroom, washing with hot water) that decreased exposure to environmental asthma triggers.
The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Childhood Asthma Project grant ended in April of 2004; however, the success of the project convinced the corporation to continue the program in three of its Yakima County clinics.
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