The community health improvement (CHI) process brings together health care, public health, and other stakeholders to identify and address the health needs of communities—because working together has a greater impact on health and economic vitality than working alone.
Asthma Care Plan/Action Plan, Community Health/Outreach Worker Tool, English, Health Care Setting, Website, Other
Community Health Status Indicators 2015 (CHSI 2015) is an interactive Web application that produces health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States. Each profile includes key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as social factors and the physical environment. CHSI 2015 includes new and enhanced features compared to earlier versions of the tool, including a feature that allows users to compare the value of each indicator with those of demographically similar counties, as well as to the U.S. as a whole, and a new summary comparison report which provides an "at a glance" view of how one county compares with its peers. Check out CHSI 2015 to see your county's health profile!
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Asthma is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States, affecting nearly 1 in 11 children, costing the United States nearly $56 billion each year in 2007. To improve health outcomes and reduce asthma-related costs, states should consider augmenting high quality medical services with self-management education and home visiting programs, according to a paper released today by the National Governors Association (NGA).
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The Asthma Awareness Patch Program was developed by the Asthma Coalition of Long Island with the collaboration of Girl Scouts of the USA and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.Learning about the respiratory system and how we breathe is the basis of the Asthma Awareness Patch Program. Empowering girls to take charge of their health can lead to increased self-esteem and responsible decision-making.
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This report, prepared by the Environmental Law Institute and the Children’s Environmental Health Network, provides an overview of how state policy addresses indoor environmental exposures in the child care setting. The report describes the state of state policy today and highlights notable examples to assist policymakers, agency officials, non-governmental organizations and associations, and others who work to advance quality child care and promote children’s health.
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A new study challenges the widely held belief that inner-city children have a higher risk of asthma simply because of where they live. Race, ethnicity and income have much stronger effects on asthma risk than where children live, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center researchers reported. The investigators looked at more than 23,000 children, aged 6 to 17, across the United States and found that asthma rates were 13 percent among inner-city children and 11 percent among those in suburban or rural areas.
But that small difference vanished once other variables were factored in, according to the study published online Jan. 20 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Poverty increased the risk of asthma, as did being from certain racial/ethnic groups. Asthma rates were 20 percent for Puerto Ricans, 17 percent for blacks, 10 percent for whites, 9 percent for other Hispanics, and 8 percent for Asians, the study found.
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Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Schools: A How-To Guide, is a new set of guidelines that helps school districts go green and save money by transitioning to asthma-safer cleaning products and practices.
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Asthma is often poorly controlled. Home visitation by community health workers (CHWs) to improve control among adults has not been adequately evaluated. This study tests the hypothesis that CHW home visits for adults with uncontrolled asthma improve outcomes relative to usual care.
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This document provides codes used to bill Medicaid within states for asthma care services, including descriptions of services covered. The information can be used to advocate for expanded Medicaid and private payer reimbursement in your state.
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As CHWs become a more significant part of the healthcare workforce, states have taken a variety of approaches to supporting and regulating this group. This report by Harvard Law School's Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation is designed to review some of the major policies in different states and highlight some of the issues that arise in these programs. There is no single right approach. With sufficient stakeholder engagement, each state can develop policies tailored for its community.
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