Application Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria for Communities in Action

Organizations Coordinating Delivery of Comprehensive, Community-Based Asthma Services

This category is designed to recognize organizations responsible for coordinating and overseeing the delivery of asthma services within a community setting at the state, regional and local level. The types of organizations that may fill this role include state health departments, local not-for-profits and coalitions. To qualify for this award category, an organization must:

  • Be something other than a health plan or clinical health care provider. The organization may provide some direct asthma care services (e.g., home assessments or durable equipment), but organizations that provide clinical care, such as hospitals or community clinics) should continue to apply as health care providers.
  • Have a coordinating function. The organization should have a leadership role in coordinating and overseeing the asthma program's delivery of comprehensive services in the community. The organization will need to demonstrate that its role is critical to the effective delivery of asthma services. 
  • Have partners that, collectively, provide comprehensive asthma care services. The applicant must be able to describe the roles of its partners and how the partnership promotes integration of the NIH EPR-3 Guidelines throughout the continuum of care.

Your application should address the three evaluation areas below and at the bottom of this page:

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Each dropdown below explains the area and links to the relevant Application Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria. Use the left column (Application Guidelines) as a roadmap to writing your story, making sure to cover the items in the right column (Evaluation Criteria), which the review panelists will use to evaluate your application.

Your responses to the three areas will be evaluated against criteria designed to discover and highlight national leaders. Be sure to include features that are unique, innovative, creative or otherwise distinguish your approach from others. You may receive up to 5 bonus points for distinguishing program features. Examples that may be considered a distinguishing feature are highlighted in the Evaluation Criteria. Note that there are many ways to address the evaluation criteria; the examples are provided merely to illustrate the types of activities that meet the criteria.

You may collaborate with your partnering organizations on an application and you are encouraged to highlight key roles that these organizations play in delivering quality services (e.g., providing school- or home-based interventions or providing social services that allow people with asthma to focus on their asthma). Note that the Application Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria distinguish between your organization’s activities and the activities of others, using the following terms:

  • The applicant and organization (“you”).
  • The organizations you work with to provide asthma services in your community (your “partners”).
  • You, the overall group of partners, and the asthma services you and your partners provide within your community setting (your “program and your partners”).

The key to winning the National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management is to demonstrate that your comprehensive asthma management program:

  • Embodies the System for Delivering High-Quality Asthma Care – including the key drivers of program effectiveness – as described in the Change Package;
  • Promotes the integration of NIH EPR-3 Guidelines throughout the continuum of care;
  • Includes a robust environmental component; and
  • Achieves positive health and financial outcomes.

Area 1: Comprehensive Asthma Management Program Area 2: Getting Results – Evaluating the Program Area 3: Sustaining the Program