142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma: Assisting Health Centers and Clinics with Systems Change Processes with the Intention of Increasing Positive Health Outcomes for at-risk Children with Asthma

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Felicia Fuller, Dr.PH , Mission Programs, American Lung Association, Chicago, IL, Albania
Jill Heins, M.A. , Mission Programs, American Lung Association, St. Paul, MN

The American Lung Association’s (ALA) Enhancing Asthma Care for Children has partnered with over 50 clinics in the states of Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas that have completed or in the process of completing an in depth quality improvement intervention focusing on 12 elements of guidelines-based asthma care. Technical assistance, mentoring, and in depth training are provided by the ALA to all clinic staff including physicians, nurses, health educators, respiratory technicians and medical assistants which results in improved patient outcomes including asthma control and reduced symptoms. This quality improvement intervention utilizes a collaborative approach to implement new systems that support and sustain adherence to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Employing a continuous quality improvement approach to develop clinic systems that facilitate and ensure high quality asthma care in clinics is an essential part of the intervention. Benefits for clinics participating in this intervention include improved care for children with asthma, more effective and efficient systems, standardization of care, and better documentation processes. Special attention and emphasis is given to clinics that serve at-risk children who disproportionately bear the brunt of the negative effects of an asthma diagnosis such as increased hospitalizations and ER visits, limited access to treatment, and ill-managed symptoms. This session will reveal the intervention successes, barriers, and appropriate steps to well processed and organized clinics that improve health outcomes for at-risk children with asthma.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Chronic disease management and prevention
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain essential elements of guidelines-based asthma care clinic systems change for positive health outcomes. Assess health systems for possible improvement and improved patient outcomes by critically surveying current processes. Design a multi-level clinic systems change model based on approved national guidelines for positive health outcomes for any manageable chronic disease state.

Keyword(s): Asthma, Quality Improvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with this project since it began 2 years ago. I direct the intervention in Illinois, provide training and assistance to cohort clinics and coordinate the intervention with my other state colleagues. My scientific interests include lung health especially as it relates to at-risk communities and providing more efficient health systems as they relate to asthma management.
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.