The 2014 Application Period Will Open on December 2, 2013 and close on February 3, 2014.
A complete application consists of:
- Cover page (not to exceed 150 words).
- Responses to the three application sections (not to exceed 5,000 words total or 10 pages, single spaced).
- OPTIONAL: Supplemental materials to provide additional support for the information in your application (not to exceed 5 pages; must be submitted either as five (5) separate PDF files totaling one (1) page each OR one (1) PDF file totaling five (5) pages).
To verify that all of the necessary and key components of your application have been included, please use this Application Checklist.
Resources Available to Help You
- Sample applications for each category (health plan, health care provider and community in action).
- Past award-winner descriptions in the Hall of Fame and program profiles on AsthmaCommunityNetwork.org.
- The Asthma Change Package, which presents a guide for achieving breakthrough improvements in community asthma care, including the key drivers of program effectiveness.
- National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR-3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.
How to Effectively Tell Your Story
In the application, tell the best story you can about your comprehensive asthma management program. Your story must address the following three sections outlined in the Application Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria:
- Comprehensive Asthma Management.
- Getting Results – Evaluating the Program.
- Sustaining the Program.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel composed of federal and non-federal representatives with expertise in asthma care, health care policy, quality of care and economics. In making award decisions, the panel will use the Evaluation Criteria. Carefully consider the evaluation criteria that the review panel will use to evaluate your application, and where possible, reference the criterion that a specific section of your story addresses. Include features of your program that are unique, innovative or creative or that otherwise distinguish your program from others. You may receive bonus points for distinguishing program features. Examples of distinguishing program features are included in the evaluation criteria.
To help the review panel recognize the elements that you think most contribute to your program’s success, call attention to key themes, critical moments, and turning points by including particularly powerful quotes from program staff or people with asthma, emphasizing key terms, or using headings in your text to call attention to specific information. Remember to demonstrate not only what you did, but how you did it and the effect of your actions.