Building Systems to Sustain Home-Based Asthma Services

Building Systems to Sustain Home-Based Asthma Services

Why: The implementation of asthma home visiting programs has traditionally been limited in scale, but the momentum building around healthcare reform has increased opportunities for states to consider more sustainable and widespread implementation. Some states have already invested heavily in developing programs, policies, and funding to widen the geographic scope of existing asthma home-visiting programs and sustain existing efforts. However, many states may be unsure about how to translate experiences in other regions into action in their own.

What: In collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), NCHH has developed an eLearning and technical assistance platform to support the launch and growth of large-scale, evidence-based, sustainable asthma home visiting programs. With guidance on topics such as
Medicaid reimbursement opportunities and other financing options, developing a business case, scaling up, referrals and eligibility, staffing and training, supplies and services, community resources, and evaluation and reporting, each of the 10 eLearning modules offers a deeper look into some of the topics and strategies to consider while working to design and implement home-based asthma services.

Who: Building Systems to Sustain Home-Based Asthma Services will equip staff in public health agencies, state asthma control programs, state Medicaid agencies, and other housing and health organizations with information about how to build the systems, infrastructure, and financing needed to support and advance their efforts to establish or expand home-based asthma services.

How: Approximately 30-45 minutes in length each, the modules can be viewed in sequence or as stand-alone topics. They include a wealth of supporting resources and are available to the public at no cost. Further, NCHH is leading a team of experts to help catalyze translation of this information by supporting key state-level staff who are ready and able to demonstrate that they have the capacity needed to drive the development of an asthma home visiting program or service. NCHH will work with these change leaders to emphasize the effectiveness of home visiting programs, assess their existing structure for implementation, determine appropriate training, and support them through the challenge of implementation.

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