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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

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

PAANWM: Pediatric and Adult Asthma Network of West Michigan

Pediatric and Adult Asthma Network of West Michigan (PAANWM)

Grand Rapids, MI

Karen Meyerson, RN, BSN, AEC

(616) 732-8984         



The Pediatric and Adult Asthma Network of West Michigan (PAANWM) was established in 1994 as a West-Michigan based, multi-organizational community partnership that brings together the wisdom and experience of many disciplines involved with pediatric and adult asthma. PAANWM consists of individuals from all three acute care hospitals in Grand Rapids as well as the American Lung Association of Michigan, the Kent County Health Department, Grand Valley State University, Priority Health, Community Care Plan, private practices, and Visiting Nurse Services.  

The program's two major goals are to educate those caring for children with asthma (the physicians, nurses, school personnel, parents and the children themselves) using National Institutes of Health materials, and to intensively case-manage low-income children and adults with moderate to severe asthma. PAANWM’s unique services include: home visits, school in-services, physician care conference to elicit a written asthma management plan for each case management patient, and a medical social worker to assist with psychosocial barriers.  

Priority Health is a managed care organization established in 1986 with 290,000 members. Since April 1999, PAANWM and Priority Health have partnered to provide case management services to Priority Health’s managed Medicaid pediatric population with moderate to severe asthma on a fee-for-service basis.  Priority Health has extended this relationship to include select commercial patients as well as adults with asthma who are served either in an adult asthma clinic setting or through case management services.

PAANWM has had a positive impact on hospital utilization, emergency department visits, and medication use among children with asthma.

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