Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: California (cont'd)
CAP: Childhood Asthma Program
County of Riverside Community Health Agency, Dept of Public Health
The Childhood Asthma Program (CAP) of the County of Riverside Community Health Agency Department of Public Health has been implemented since 2001 in Riverside County, CA. The program was developed primarily through grant funding provided by the Riverside County Commission on Children and Families and The University of California, San Francisco, Childhood Asthma Among the School Aged Project.
CAP strives through education to improve quality of life for children with asthma from birth to age 18 and their families. The program offers one-on-one education for parents and children through home visits by a caseworker at the families' convenience. Asthma education is provided regarding how to monitor and successfully self-manage asthma including use of medications and asthma aids. A home assessment is conducted to identify potential triggers and a remediation plan is developed in partnership with the family. The caseworker follows up by phone after 2 weeks and again at 3 months to offer continuing education and problem-solving support.
CAP also supports the improvement of asthma diagnosis, patient education and treatment services by clinicians and other medical support staff. CAP provides ongoing asthma education to health care providers through regularly held Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) team meetings with staff at nine participating clinics. CAP has developed and distributed standard charting, education, and action plan documents for providers that are reflective of NIH guidelines for asthma care. Medical in-services are provided to update clinic staff on the NIH guidelines.
In conjunction with this program, CAP created and maintains a countywide asthma coalition. The Riverside County Asthma Coalition works to reduce asthma incidence and improve quality of life for people with asthma through the efforts of its four subcommittees that focus on the environment, schools, patient care, and patient/community education.
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