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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

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

San Diego Childhood Asthma Initiative

American Lung Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties

San Diego, CA

Lily Lim Valmidiano

(619) 297-3901 ext. 8660   


The San Diego Childhood Asthma Initiative is managed by the American Lung Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Started in 2001, the Initiative is a collaborative project targeting children under the age of 5 with asthma and their families.

The initiative addresses many aspects of asthma including 1) asthma education to children and families to increase asthma knowledge, 2) in home environmental assessment to reduce indoor asthma triggers, 3) care coordination to increase asthma management, and 4) access to funding for uninsured children to increase access to asthma care, medication, and supplies. The initiative also offers asthma education workshops for parents, child care providers in targeted geographic areas. The initiative is linked with asthma projects and asthma coalitions in San Diego and across California to provide a comprehensive, community based approach to asthma management.

The goals of the San Diego Childhood Asthma Initiative are 1) improve the quality of life for children with asthma under the age of 5 and their families in the targeted areas, 2) decrease the number of hospitalizations and ED visits due to asthma in the target group, 3) target communities with high rates of asthma hospitalizations and ED visits, 4) improve asthma management, healthcare delivery, asthma education, physical environment, outreach, and coordination of services for children with asthma, and 5) expand the treatment resources available to low-income children with persistent asthma who are uninsured, and inform patients and their healthcare providers of the Initiative's free services.

Pre-post test evaluation with a sample of approximately 500 children and their families showed the program had a positive impact on healthcare utilization, school absences and work loss, quality of life for children, symptoms, medication use, and self-management skills, as well as an increase in actions to reduce environmental triggers in the home.

The program is ongoing.

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