Having support from providers is essential for effective asthma management and control. Below are information and tools for healthcare and school professionals.
Do you think your patient's living environment is making their asthma worse?
Remember: A healthy home is good medicine!
- The living environment can make a big impact on making asthma better or worse.
- BPHC's free asthma home visiting programs can help you and patients identify what they or their landlord can do to create a healthy home.
1. Ask your patients questions to determine if something in the home might be making their asthma worse. Common indictors:
- Overuse of rescue medications
- More than one course of oral corticosteroids in last 6 months
- Repeated ER visits in last 6 months
- Hospital admission for asthma exacerbation in last 12 months
2. Refer them to our Two Free Asthma Home Visit Services (described below)
Asthma Home Visit Referral
Home visits are provided by trained Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help Boston families address asthma and identify conditions in their homes that can trigger asthma symptoms. They reinforce asthma action plan, review asthma symptoms, assess for environmental asthma triggers and provide environmental education and assistance.
- Issues: Needs help understanding asthma, medications and technique, Asthma Action Plan, triggers, impact of triggers on asthma, etc. Any supplemental education, medical management support, resources needed to ensure asthma is managed well (includes food and housing insecurity issues).
- Explain what patient can expect: "A trained Community Health Worker will come to your home, review your asthma medications, answer your questions, help identify possible triggers in the home and create an asthma management plan with you."
Breathe Easy at Home (BEAH) Referral
(Boston Renters only eligible)
Through this program, doctors, nurses, or other health professionals can refer patients with asthma for housing inspections if they suspect substandard housing conditions may be triggering a child's asthma in their home. Only Boston renters are eligible.
Issues: May require the landlord to resolve (For example, mold, moisture, leaks, pests like rodents and roaches, holes where pests can enter from, broken bathroom or kitchen vents).
Explain what patient can expect: "An inspector will come to your home, review your asthma medications, answer your questions, help identify possible triggers in the home and create an asthma management plan with you."
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Boston Asthma Provider Contact Lists
Professional Development for Clinical Providers in Asthma
Managing Asthma in School *for school and childcare professionals
Asthma Education Handouts for Patients