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This Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) resource center, made possible through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to advance implementation of CDC’s 6|18 Initiative by Medicaid, state and local health departments, and other payers and purchasers. It offers practical resources and state examples to guide stakeholders in spending smarter for healthier populations. Learn about state technical assistance activities for CDC’s 6|18 Initiative. New state technical assistance will launch in October 2018.
English, Implementation Guide, Website
Using this home assessment can help make homes healthier.
English, Document (PDF, Word, Excel), Environmental Assessment/Checklist
Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ are marking this year’s World Asthma Day with the launch of a revolutionary new online ‘Teachers’ Asthma Toolkit’.
Community Health/Outreach Worker Tool, English, Training/Educational Kit
Allergens are widespread, but highly variable in U.S. homes, according to the nation’s largest indoor allergen study to date. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health report that over 90 percent of homes had three or more detectable allergens, and 73 percent of homes had at least one allergen at elevated levels. The findings (link is external) were published November 30 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
English, Home/Housing, Website
A new study looked at whether allergy-causing substances in the home influence kids’ risk of developing asthma. The results provide clues for preventing asthma before it develops.
This infographic was developed to help inform Medicaid members about access to spacers/valved-holding chambers, and why they should be used.
Asthma Friendly Policies, English, Document (PDF, Word, Excel)
In the United States, 6.2 million children are affected by asthma, causing them to miss school, extracurricular activities, and other important events. Environmental factors such as air pollution, mold, and secondhand smoke can worsen common asthma symptoms. Research from the NIEHS/EPA Children’s Centers has increased understanding of what factors heighten asthma and what can be done to help children maintain a normal quality of life.
These case studies highlight 10 school-based health centers across the country that have led interventions aimed at reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers.
The purpose of this guide is to support school-based health center staff in leading or supporting evidence-based strategies and promising practices to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers.
Reference Guide, School
NIH-funded study may aid development of asthma prevention strategies.