Asthma Care Program

The Asthma Care Program Can Improve Asthma Control

Overview: A free program that provides asthma self-management education and a home environmental walkthrough to persons with poorly controlled asthma.

Goal: To reduce missed school days, urgent care visits, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations due to asthma. The Asthma Care Program consists of two focus areas:

  • Home-based program provides intensive asthma self-management education and a home environmental walkthrough to children, adolescents, and adults with poorly controlled asthma. Includes two in-home sessions.
  • School-based program provides intensive asthma self-management education to children and adolescents with asthma at participating schools. A parent or caregiver does not directly participate in the school visits. However, general asthma education and a home walkthrough are available upon request.

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Review the Asthma Care Program Outcomes fact sheet to learn more about how the program improves outcomes and leads to cost savings.

 

Asthma Self-Management Education

Those who have asthma or who care for someone with asthma will learn:

  • How to properly use asthma medications, an inhaler, and other devices.
  • How to recognize early warning signs of an asthma attack.
  • How to identify common asthma triggers.
  • How to recognize the importance of an asthma action plan.

Asthma self-management education includes three- and six-month follow-up calls.

Home Environmental Walkthrough

The Asthma Care Home Program utilizes the Asthma Home Environment Checklist. This checklist, created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), guides home visitors in identifying environmental asthma triggers most commonly found in homes. It includes sections on the building, home interior and room interior and provides low-cost action steps for remediation.

  • Asthma triggers, especially in the home, play a role in increasing the risk of having an asthma attack.
  • Common asthma triggers include smoke, mold, pet dander, dust mites, and pests.
  • Trained staff identify asthma triggers in the home.
  • Recommendations are provided to help reduce identified asthma triggers.
  • Free asthma trigger reduction items may be provided.

Who Would Benefit?

People who struggle to control their asthma and have had any of the following due to asthma:

  • Missed school or work days
  • Emergency department visits
  • Hospitalizations
  • Urgent care visits

Program Site Locations

The Asthma Care Program has been launched in the following counties due to their high rates of asthma emergency department visits and hospitalizations. Contact the Asthma Care Program in one of the following locations to learn how you, a family member, or a patient with poorly controlled asthma can reinforce key actions to manage their asthma.

Sawyer County

Sawyer County Public Health
715-634-4806
jbjork@sawyerhs.hayward.wi.us

Milwaukee County

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
414-559-2079
chiggins@chw.org

UniteMKE
414-435-0506
bria@unitemke.org

Kenosha County

Kenosha County Division of Health
262-605-6727
lindsay.deinhammer@kenoshacounty.org

Rock County

Rock County Health Department
608-757-5440
deborah.erickson@co.rock.wi.us

*Currently, only the Asthma Care home program has been launched in Rock County.

If you are outside of these program locations and are interested in implementing the Asthma Care Program, contact: Cristine Rameker

Last Revised: May 2, 2019