Project BREATHE is an innovate program that helps improve the health of children with asthma. This New York-based quality improvement initiative integrates evidence-based asthma care across settings to improve quality of life and health outcomes for children with asthma and their families. BREATHE provides a framework for hospital in-patient, emergency department, and primary care settings to adopt best practice strategies and tools for providers and patients, driving quality improvement, building clinical-community linkages, and addressing health equity. Project BREATHE work was funded by grant from the New York State Department of Health.

Project BREATHE received the Lung Association’s 2020 ALA Innovation Award, which recognizes Lung Association’s staff members who exemplify the nationwide commitment to innovation in the advancement of the association’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Project BREATHE Goals

Project Breathe Goals

The goals of Project BREATHE are to reduce asthma related emergency visits and hospitalizations among children. Throughout the program, this will be accomplished by incorporating the six priority messages as put forth in the National Asthma Guidelines into practice:

  1. Assess severity
  2. Assess and monitor asthma control
  3. Prescribe inhaled corticosteroids for patients with persistent asthma
  4. Control environmental triggers
  5. Use asthma action plan
  6. Schedule follow-up visits at periodic intervals

Referrals for asthma home-based services will be provided for continued asthma self-management education and assessment of home environmental triggers.

Benefits to Participating Healthcare Sites

  • Technical assistance for 12-18 months
  • Evidence-based training of clinical providers and health care staff on asthma guidelines and quality improvement
  • Clinical toolkits for providers to guide asthma diagnosis and management
  • Educational materials for teaching patients
  • Valved holding chambers/spacer, allergy proof pillow and bed covers, and other educational resources for patients
  • Improved outcomes among asthma patients

Project BREATHE health system partners have included:

  • Kaleida Health Network
  • Catholic Health Services of LI
  • NYU Langone Health
  • Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Long Island Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Sun River Health
  • Greater Hudson Valley Health System
  • St. John’s Riverside Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Family Health Center
  • NewYork Presbyterian
  • Northwell Health
  • Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
  • Open Door Family Health Centers
  • Open Door School-Based Health Center
  • Yonkers Spectrum School-Based Health Center
  • Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Ambulatory Care Sites

There are no financial costs to participating organizations and staff members.

Healthcare organizations interested in joining Project BREATHE can contact Division Director, [email protected].

Page last updated: April 26, 2022

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