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AIM Spring 2013 Newsletter


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Spring 2013 – In This Issue:

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UPCOMING
ASTHMA EVENTS


APRIL

23 – Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., American Lung Association, 1475 E 12 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI
Patty Inman, 810-931-1425

MAY

10 – Fourth Annual Pediatric Asthma Conference, National Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive, Columbus, OH Connie Hieatt, 614-355-0676

27 – CATA Clean Commute Options Multi-Modal 5K race, Hawk Island Park, Lansing, MI, Ashley Hale, www.cleancommute.org

JUNE

3 – Asthma Initiative of Michigan Partnership Forum, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., LCC West, Lansing, MI info@getasthmahelp.org

14 – Asthma 1-2-3 Facilitator Training Webinar, 9 a.m. to noon, American Lung Association, Emily Lee, 800-232-LUNG



Asthma-Friendly Spring Cleaning

People with asthma breathe better when they spend time in a clean environment. Spring is the perfect time to make your home or office even healthier for people with asthma.

cleaning supplies Mold in the home can be very dangerous for people with asthma, but it is easy to get rid of and prevent. Mold grows in parts of the home that are often wet, such as the bathroom ceiling, under sinks, around windows, and in the basement. Fix any water leaks that are causing mold to grow. When cleaning mold, use warm soapy water and keep the area well ventilated. Learn more about cleaning mold using the EPA's Mold Cleanup Guidelines.

Dust is a common asthma trigger, so getting rid of dust in your home is one of the best ways to make it healthier. Use a wet rag when dusting to keep dust from getting back into the air. Changing your furnace filter every three months will also prevent dust from circulating in your home so you will have to clean less often.

While there are many household cleaners available at your supermarket or discount store, you may see some surprising ingredients if you read the label closely. Many of these products have chemicals that can make asthma worse. You can avoid those chemicals by using common household products like baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar. Use these easy recipes to make your own inexpensive and safe cleaning products.


Outcomes from Michigan's MATCH Program
by Sarah Lyon-Callo, MS, MA

boy using inhaler Asthma is a complicated disease for many people in Michigan. Managing Asthma through Case Management in Homes (MATCH) is a program model designed to help people with poorly controlled asthma learn how to manage the disease. With MATCH, a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C) visits clients at home to teach them about asthma. AE-C's are important because they serve as doctors' eyes and ears outside of the clinic. They know what is important to tell doctors about a client's asthma and can help people with asthma communicate with their doctor. They also know how to make sure the client gets all the information they need about asthma at doctor visits. AE-C's also can identify things at work, school, or daycare that can make the clients' asthma worse. AE-C's and social workers help families to take care of any other problems that may be keeping them from addressing asthma.

MATCH programs work with families for six or more visits to address their asthma needs. Lots of things can make asthma worse: not having the right medications, being around asthma triggers, or not knowing how to prevent an asthma attack. AE-C's can adapt their education message to fit each client. They work with clients to identify any changes that need to be made to control their asthma. They may need to use their medication differently, make changes in their environment and/or create an Asthma Action Plan with their doctor.

The Michigan Department of Community Health evaluated how well MATCH programs are able to help clients control their asthma. The study tracked 132 clients in MATCH programs from greater Grand Rapids, Flint, and Ann Arbor. All clients had moderate to severe asthma. At each of their visits with an AE-C, clients answered questions about their asthma and medical visits. The results from those questions show that clients in the program had better controlled asthma after working with an AE-C for several months. Some of the most exciting results were:
  • 83% fewer patients visited the hospital for asthma
  • 60% fewer patients visited the emergency department for asthma
  • 71% decrease in the number of missed school days
  • 145% increase in patients with an Asthma Action Plan
But would the clients' asthma stay under control even after the AE-C stopped visiting them? To find this out, MATCH clients were called six months after their last visit. The results found that clients were still visiting the emergency department and hospital for asthma less often. They missed fewer days of school and work than before they worked with MATCH. Low-income clients still had large improvements in asthma control.

Asthma hospitalizations and emergency department visits are dangerous, scary, and expensive, but they are preventable. Everyone with asthma deserves to understand how they can breathe well and stay active. The results of this MATCH evaluation show that case management can allow clients to lead healthy lives once they know how to manage their asthma. It is important to make programs like MATCH available in more Michigan communities.

Sarah Lyon-Callo is Director of the Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics Division at Michigan Department of Community Health. She is currently a PhD candidate in Epidemiologic Science at University of Michigan School of Public Health. She has worked with MDCH's Asthma Prevention and Control Program since 1998.



Save the Date: Asthma Initiative of Michigan Partnership Forum
Monday, June 3, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. LCC West, Lansing, Michigan

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan is convening with stakeholders from across the state to learn about emerging issues in asthma management, practice transformation, and health equity. It is a great opportunity to network with asthma partners and learn about new asthma initatives.

More information will be sent out in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!