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. Although there is a broad array of evidence-based interventions to address asthma triggers, many people with asthma continue to be exposed to the factors that make their asthma worse. School-based health centers (SBHCs) are uniquely positioned to address this gap in order to help children breathe easier. While many SBHCs across the country are already playing a key role in helping students manage their asthma by providing quality clinical care and education there is an opportunity for SBHCs to also be leaders in managing the environmental factors that make asthma worse.
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The King County Asthma Program in Seattle, Washington, developed a community health worker (CHW) home visit program (Healthy Homes) and demonstrated its effectiveness. They designed a streamlined version of the program that was simpler and cost less to implement to facilitate broad dissemination and adoption. Here they reported on the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and ROI of a streamlined Healthy Homes program.
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The Action Plan, a key activity of the President’s Task Force on Children’s Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks, advises that substantial progress in reducing disparities will require research to design, execute and evaluate implementation programs that maximize synergies among all key sectors to create a system of care that focuses on children most in need and reaches them where they live, learn and play.
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The purpose of this FOA is to support clinical trials to evaluate Asthma Care Implementation Programs (ACIP) that provide comprehensive care for children at high risk of poor asthma outcomes. The community-based ACIPs are expected to address the needs of the U.S. community in which the study will be conducted and integrate interventions with demonstrated efficacy from four different sectors (medical care, family, home, and community). Applications must include a trial designed to assess if the ACIP improves asthma outcomes relative to an appropriate comparator(s) and a subsequent period of observation to evaluate sustainability. While there are several other necessary elements of the trials, it is critical that the outcomes/endpoints include measures of the process used to implement the evidence based interventions. The ACIP will involve investigators who have established collaborations with representatives from the four sectors who have committed resources to the ACIP. Given the potential impact of the interventions on the local community, the sustainability of the program will be formally assessed during the project period. Finally, investigators must plan for dissemination of the program beyond their own community. This initiative is designed as a cooperative agreement to enable collaboration among investigators on the implementation metrics to be used, the quality improvement efforts to be conducted throughout the funding period, and how to establish best practices. - See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-17-001.html#sthash.yjOYU3Bn.dpuf
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The Helping Children Breathe and Thrive in Chicago’s Public Housing (HCBT) project was developed based upon previous asthma interventions implemented at SUHI, mainly the Healthy Home, Healthy Child (HHHC) initiative. HHHC has proven to be an effective model for addressing poorly controlled asthma in the primarily African American, underserved community of North Lawndale. HCBT built upon this model in order to translate it to Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) properties.
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The report helps identify states with the most comprehensive and preferred statewide public policies supporting people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.
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Sesame Street characters help with your asthma action Plan. Here’s what to do when a child with asthma feels sick:
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On September 15, 2011 the Michigan Attorney General issued Opinion #7261 related to the Michigan Smoke-Free Regulation and the Michigan Medical Marihuana Law
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The following language can be used to implement a smoke-free policy in a multiunit dwelling.
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Michigan has become a national leader in the adoption of smoke-free multi-tenant housing policies. Landlord experience, legal documents, assistance and free promotion are all available to you by visiting, the website, the only resource you will need: http://www.mismokefreeapartment.org.
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