This pilot program aims to reach the poorest of New Jersey's children and their families, by visiting the homes of young patients to reinforce the importance of medication and search for in-home environmental asthma triggers. HCPC will work with St Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson Community Health Center, Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ, and Home Care Options to improve asthma outcomes and reduce overall healthcare costs for low income children.
For some simple steps to an asthma ready home, click the link below: http://asthmaregionalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2008_SimpleStepsASthmaReadyHome.pdf
Asthma is a serious health concern and effective management of asthma cannot be achieved only in the hospital and/or clinic setting. Management requires appropriate medication maintenance as well as living in an asthma-friendly environment. Using the specified evidence-based in-home asthma intervention, the HCPC and collaborating agencies will partner with patients and their families to provide education, self-management, and home environment interventions to create an asthma-friendly environment in the patient’s homes.
This will be accomplished through:
- In-home visits by an asthma certified Community Health Worker
- Working to achieve a healthy home for participants, as defined by the Asthma Regional Council (ARC): (dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, ventilated, and maintained) by providing client specific interventions as indicated through the environmental assessment.
- Educational Materials provided at an appropriate language and literacy level.
- Referrals of participants to partner agencies for assistance with environmental and/or housing asthma triggers.
- Providing HEPA filer vacuum cleaners, dust mite proof mattress and pillow encasement and pest management supplies to program participants as needed.
Support for this program is provided by a grant from The Nicholson Foundation.