142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Community Health Workers Improving Childhood Asthma through Home Visiting Across New England

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH , Research and Evaluation Department, Health Resources in Action, Inc., Boston, MA
Stacey Chacker, BA , Asthma Regional Council of New England, Health Resources in Action, Boston, MA
Anne Rushman, MSPH , Training and Capacity Building, Health Resources in Action, Boston, MA
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Health Resources in Action, Inc. a Health Care Innovation grant in May 2012 to implement a community health worker home visiting program to improve the health and care of Medicaid-enrolled children with poorly controlled asthma at risk of utilizing expensive urgent care across New England. This award supports the New England Asthma Innovation Collaborative (NEAIC) that consists of eight intervention sites located in four New England states. In this intervention, CHWs provide three home visits over the course of several months in which they conduct an environmental assessment to determine how to best manage asthma triggers and provide environmental intervention supplies. CHWs also deliver asthma self-management education at the home visits. NEAIC is in its second year and is seeing overall improvements in: environment asthma triggers in the home, quality of life, health care utilization and health outcomes. This presentation will outline the home intervention protocols and the role of the CHW in this program, discuss challenges, successes and lessons learned, and present intervention outcomes to date.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Design a protocol for a CHW home visiting program to address childhood asthma. Describe key measures that can be used to evaluate a CHW childhood asthma home visiting program.

Keyword(s): Community Health Workers and Promoters, Asthma

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Senior Research Scientist in the Research and Evaluation Department of our organization and I am the Evaluator of the CMS Innovation Grant Program on which I will be presenting.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.