Community Health Workers (CHWs) are community members who are trained in asthma that partner with families to help them better understand their child’s asthma. They serve as a link between the families and the patients’ doctor. Through the Pediatric Asthma CHW Program, CHWs focus on outreach to families of children with high-risk asthma.
The Pediatric Asthma CHW Program is a 6 month program. CHWs work with families to help them understand asthma and how to manage it so that child feels better. This includes:
Home Visits and Phone Calls
- Check in with families by phone on a regular basis
- Visit with child and family 3 to 4 times
- Provide progress reports to families and the child’s doctor
- Provide education on asthma, medications, and devices
- Show how to correctly use an inhaler
- Review Asthma Action Plan
- Check plans for managing asthma in school or day care.
Home Environmental Assessment
- Help with knowing asthma signs and symptoms
- Offer home environmental assessments to support families in identifying common triggers or barriers in the home
- Provide supplies and education to manage asthma triggers
- Help connect to community resources based on your families’ needs
- Share information about Green Cleaning
CHWs are deployed to SSPAC partner sites to enroll patients into the CHW Asthma Program. In order to participate, you must live in a zip code covered by the program and have your doctor complete an assessment to determine if you are eligible.