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This is a grant-funded research project from the Centers for Disease Control. Its purpose is to help children with asthma. The goal of the study is to make the Healthy Homes Model available to all children. The focus of the CDC program is on low-income and minority children. These children are affected on a larger scale by asthma. Key stakeholders are: the clinics referring patients for home visits, health plans that might fund such programs and public health agencies that might provide home visits in the future, researchers who might evaluate the program and low-income families that have a child with asthma.

Target population Incentives to participate
  • Household with a child age 3-17 years old
  • Diagnosed asthma that is poorly controlled
  • Enrolled in Medicaid
  • Health plan member of Community Health Plan of Washington or Molina
  • Primary language is English or Spanish
  • Live in King County, Washington
  • Primary caretaker has the mental and physical capacity to participate
  • A free HEPA vacuum
  • Allergen control bed covers
  • Food storage containers
  • Green cleaning kit
  • Spacer and peak flow meter
  • Medicine box
  • HEPA air filter for child where a smoker and pet are in the home
  • Gift cards for each complete research survey (Total $45)

Outcomes and future plans

We expect this research will improve the health of children with asthma. We hope to improve their lives by:

  • Increasing days without symptoms and by improving the quality of life for children and their caretakers.
  • Showing a new approach to asthma control. This could save money for the state Medicaid program and for other payers of health services.
  • Providing a model for improving asthma that could be shared across the state and nationally.
  • Stimulating economic activity by creating jobs for community health workers (CHW). The US Department of Labor has recently named CHWs as a distinct occupation. Hiring and using large numbers of CHWs would be a valuable economic stimulus for low income and minority communities.
  • Economic activity will also be increased by preventing missed work and school days.

Tools and documents