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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

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

Cerro Gordo County Pediatric Asthma Case Management Program

Cerro Gordo County Pediatric Asthma Case Management Program

Mason City, IA

Jaci Miller, MA

(641) 421-9307         


The Cerro Gordo County Pediatric Asthma Case Management Program began in 1999 and was overseen by the Cerro Gordo County Department of Health in Mason City, Iowa. The program sought to empower identified patients and parents to deal with acute episodes of asthma so that the need for urgent medical care is prevented and to develop ongoing medical provider education to ensure common disease management protocol and diagnosis.  

Families of children with asthma received 10 home visits over 1 year, each lasting 1 hour, where topic-specific asthma education was given, instruction and monitoring of a telehealth peak flow meter was done, and case management plans were reviewed. The program paid for an initial visit to a primary care provider prior to the first home visit to develop a care and medication management plan and sent a memo to the PCP at six months into the program with an update of the child's health status.

Program evaluation indicated a positive impact on healthcare utilization, school absences, symptoms, medication use, and lung function. The program ended in 2002, but has been replicated in other areas of Iowa.

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