In 2012, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® introduced a three-year partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) to implement community-based interventions to improve the health outcomes of children with asthma in the communities where we live and work. Over three years, the “Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma Project” will engage 60 health centers that serve high-risk populations with the goal of improving pediatric asthma care to an estimated 480,000 children. The program aims to directly impact children with asthma and their caregivers, community leaders and educators, resulting in improved long-term care outcomes.
Through this project, five health centers will be recruited every year in each of our states over the next three years to form a cohort. The health centers in the cohort then meet monthly over the course of the year, focusing each month on improving one element of guidelines-based asthma care at their facility. Technical assistance, mentoring and training are provided by ALAUM. By the end of each one-year cohort, all levels of health center staff, from front office staff to clinic directors, and all stages of clinic care from intake to outpatient have been addressed. This results in a sustainable change in the primary care system, which produces measurable improvements in health outcomes for asthma patients.