Partners for Asthma Action
Asthma is a serious chronic disease affecting 14 percent of children in the United States. As a leading cause of school absenteeism, hospitalization, and emergency department visits among children, asthma can make life difficult for children without the proper treatment and care.
Partners for Asthma Action helps children from low-income families manage their asthma and lead full, productive lives. The program helps doctors and health care systems reduce patients' asthma symptoms through medical interventions and by reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers.
The goals of the program are to:
- Enhance awareness of asthma treatment and education resources
- Help reduce the costs of asthma care by reducing unnecessary health care utilization
- Establish the sustainable capacity of local public health and social service agencies to remove asthma environmental triggers, as well as identify and refer children with poorly managed asthma
Through Partners for Asthma Action, the American Lung Association has partnered with 90 clinics in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and St. Louis to impact more than 180,000 low-income children living with asthma.
The result of this program is more standardized, efficient and improved quality of care for children with asthma. Young patients have improved their health through better use of controller medication, home-based education and environmental remediation, and proactive asthma care action plans.
The effective treatment and care of asthma saves money. After one year in the program, hospitalizations and asthma-related emergency room visits were reduced by 55 percent. And for every dollar that the Lung Association invests in the program, health plans save $2.40.
To learn more, watch this video on clinical quality improvement results.