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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: Washington, DC (cont’d) Back to Index

Senior Citizen Asthma Education and In-home Environmental Assessment Program

District of Columbia Department of Health

Washington, DC

Edwina Davis

(202) 442-8113         

edwina.davis@dc.gov

The Greater Washington Urban League Division of Aging & Health's Senior Citizen Asthma Education and In-Home Environment Assessment Pilot Project's purpose was to demonstrate and document the benefits of a community/government partnership to increase asthma awareness and promote self-care practices among urban seniors clinically diagnosed with asthma.

The main component of the project was home visits conducted by a case manager. During the home visits the case manager educated the participant on asthma, triggers, self-management, and medications.  A home assessment was also performed using a checklist and survey to identify triggers. Mattress and pillow covers, an Asthma Kit and fanny pack were provided.

The project had a positive impact on peak flow meter use, as well as knowledge of asthma and self-care practices, confidence in managing asthma, use of strategies to improve communication with the provider, and satisfaction with the program.

The project ended in 2004, but the Department of Health's Asthma Program is currently providing funding to develop asthma educational materials and educational outreach programs for seniors based on the information, experience and lessons learned from the Pilot Project.

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