In an effort to improve asthma outcomes for asthmatic older adults and children living in high risk communities with documented health disparities, more than $1.75 million has been provided by the Attorney General’s Office to the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) Asthma Prevention and Control Program (APCP) to fund two new programs. The APCP will create and support a pilot study to improve the lives of older adults with asthma and implement community based initiatives to increase local policies that improve the home and school environments for children with asthma.
Reducing Older Adult Asthma Disparities (ROAAD), a pilot study, will test a home-based intervention model aimed at improving the lives of older adults with asthma by strengthening health care provider and insurer support. This model, which has already been proven effective as an intervention for children, will aim to assess the feasibility of providing an adapted version of the intervention for older adults. The study, which will enroll 80-150 adults, primarily Black or Hispanic and older than 65 years of age, includes a home-visiting community health worker, visiting nurse, pharmacist, and primary care team.
The Promoting Policies for Asthma in Local Communities (PALC) project will better protect Black and Hispanic children with asthma in high-risk communities by improving public housing and school environments. PALC will build off of pre-existing key partnerships DPH supports with the state’s highest-need communities, particularly through work with Prevention Wellness Trust Fund communities.
- 2009 Asthma Burden in MA, 2009 MDPH Commissioner Presentation of Burden Document and Plan
- Some chemicals and pollutants in your environment can make your asthma worse. Your environment is where you live, learn, work, play or visit.