4111.0: Tuesday, November 14, 2000: 12:30 PM-2:00 PM

Urban Asthma and Community Health Worker Programs, Part I

Asthma may not be preventable, but it can be controlled. However, hospitalization rates for asthma are up to 21 times worse in low income communities of color than in affluent white communities. Poor people have greater exposure to risk factors and triggers such as poor quality and consistency of medical care, poor indoor air quality, poor housing, and air pollution. All across the country, programs are implementing community health worker programs to assist families and communities to manage this chronic disease. This session aims to help initiate a network of such programs. The session will discuss the main program models and roles for CHW's in urban asthma, including the evidence base, the potential and challenge of each. Roles to be discussed include CHW as integral members of clinic-based primary health care teams, home environmental auditors, community health educators and advocates, case managers, and research adjuncts. The panel will survey emerging problems and solutions, and discuss the hot-button issues of competencies, training, supervision, career paths, funding, and cost effectiveness. The session will address the relationship between the community health worker and other members of the asthma "team", including physicians and the health care system, social services, schools and work places. Finally, the session will identify current and potential arenas for community health worker interventions, including housing, schools, the environmental justice movement, research, and others
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Louise R. Cohen, MPH
Vicki Legion
12:30 PMPerformance-Based Training System for Community Health Workers in Urban Asthma
Yumary Ruiz, Carol Azar
12:45 PMInnovations in asthma management in an urban environment: Community Health Workers as successful Asthma Educators
Lenore Coover, RN, MSN, Peg Dublin, RN, BSN
1:00 PMUrban Asthma and Community Health Workers
Louise R. Cohen, MPH, Vicki Legion
1:15 PMUrban Asthma and Community Health Workers: A Case Management Model
Maria Pico, MS
1:30 PMThe Healthy Homes Project /Proyecto Hogares Saludables: a collaborative community development project in Los Angeles
Monic Uriarte, Maria Hernandez
1:45 PMUrban Asthma and Community Health Workers: A Clinic-based Model
Latanya Rogers
2:00 PMUrban Asthma and Community Health Workers: Home Based Environmental Intervention
Marcia Griffith
2:15 PMReaching the Vietnamese Community: Sharing Experiences from the Seattle-King County Healthy Homes Project
Matthew Nguyen, BA, Carol Allen, James Krieger, MD, MPH
2:30 PMUrban Asthma and Community Health Workers: A School Based Model
Linda Mack-Burch
Sponsor:Community Health Workers SPIG
Cosponsors:Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Environment; Social Work; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA