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 indicators:
- Overuse of rescue medications
- More than one course of oral corticosteroids in the last 6 months
- Repeated ER visits in the last 6 months
- Hospital admission for asthma exacerbation in the last 12 months
- Needs help with medication technique administration
2. Refer them to our Two Free Asthma Home Visit Services (click image to enlarge)
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 a resident's asthma action plan, review asthma symptoms, assess for environmental asthma triggers, as well as provide environmental education and assistance.
- Patients may benefit from this service and will receive:
- Help with understanding asthma, medications, and use technique
- Help with following an Asthma Action Plan
- Additional related education, medical management support, and other health services materials (including food and housing insecurity issues)
- Explain what patients 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.
Issue: Issues in the home may require the landlord to resolve (e.g. mold, moisture, leaks, pests (rodents and roaches), holes where pests may enter, broken bathroom/kitchen vents, et cetera).
Explain what patients can expect: "The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) will do an inspection and work with your landlord to correct the violations they find."
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Other Important Links / Quick Reference
Boston Asthma Provider Contact Lists
Professional Development for Clinical Providers in Asthma
Managing Asthma in School *for school and childcare professionals