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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

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

Breathe Easy (formerly Little Lungs)

Northeast Valley Health Corporation

San Fernando Valley, CA

Marirose Medina, RN, BSN

(818) 898-1388 ext. 120    


In 2001, the Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) partnered with the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County (ALALAC) to implement a community asthma intervention project entitled "Little Lungs: A Coordinated Approach to Asthma Management." The project targets children with asthma aged 0-5 years and their families in the San Fernando Valley.

The overall goal of the program was to improve the management of asthma and the quality of life for children 0-5 years with asthma and their families, by implementing a coordinated approach to asthma-related services. To meet the overall goal and objectives, ALALAC and NEVHC worked together to implement collaboration, coordination and quality improvement activities, including 1) utilization of Asthma Coordinators to improve the quality, availability and effectiveness of clinic-based pediatric asthma management interventions at two NEVHC clinics and 2) development and implementation of a quality improvement protocol to assist NEVHC primary care providers in improving asthma care and education for families in accordance with national and state asthma management guidelines.

Evaluation results indicated that participating children with asthma 0-5 experienced more symptom-free days, and parents of children with asthma missed fewer workdays and expressed an improvement in overall quality of life due to better management of their child’s disease.

NEVHC's partnership with ALALAC ended in 2004. NEVHC is now partnering with LACare and Kaiser Permanente to continue the program under a new title, "Breathe Easy", and expand the target population to all children up to their 18th birthday.

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