Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Connecticut (cont'd)
Breath of Fresh Air Program
City of Stamford Department of Health and Social Services
Lynn Galgano, RN
The Stamford Department of Health and Social Services Healthy Homes program, Breath of Fresh Air Program, focused on reducing environmental conditions within the home that exacerbate asthma. The program targets low-income children 2-18 years old with asthma and their families.
The primary component of the program addresses medical and environmental management. Community nurses and a housing code inspector conduct the activities. The family receives asthma education and home assessments four times over a year. There is much emphasis on environmental triggers of asthma and indoor air quality enhancement. Education also covers environmental and safety hazards. Participants receive incentives throughout their participation in the program, including mattress and pillow covers, dusters, a vacuum and air filter, as well as a tote bag and doormat.
Other program activities include booths and presentations at community fairs and events. Participants have the opportunity to participate in the Open Airways program conducted in participating schools.
The outcomes evaluation included an improvement in asthma severity. Regarding the environment there was an improvement in asthma triggers and housing violations.
The program ended in March 2005, but some of the activities continue. Program materials have also been adopted by others and are still in use.
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