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Michigan Asthma Interventions

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan (AIM), with the support of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, has developed and promoted many interventions, or projects, to help those with asthma.

School Interventions

  • Asthma 1-2-3
    Asthma 1-2-3 is a program of the American Lung Association of the Midland States. It is a one hour in-service program is designed to inform school, daycare and other community facility personnel about the prevalence and severity of asthma, while teaching basic management techniques, including what to do in an asthma emergency.
  • Healthy School Action Tool (HSAT)
    The HSAT is an online assessment to help your school determine ways to create a healthier school environment. If you represent a Michigan school and want to determine what you can do to improve your school's health, visit the HSAT website and find out how to complete the assessment.
  • AIM School Packet Project
    Health information kits titled "Never Judge a Book by Its Cover, and Other Important Lessons About Asthma" were developed to disseminate accurate asthma information to Michigan schools. The packets are tailored to specific school staff.
  • Michigan School Inhaler Law
    Legislation allowing Michigan public and nonpublic school children, under certain conditions, to carry and self administer prescribed asthma and allergy medications on school grounds and during school sponsored activities. This helps ensure that students with asthma and allergies have immediate access to life-saving medications.
  • Visit our schools page for more information about school interventions.

Environmental Interventions

  • Clean School Bus USA
    Clean School Bus USA brings together partners from business, education, transportation, and public-health organizations to 1) work toward encouraging policies and practices to eliminate unnecessary public school bus idling, 2) upgrading ("retrofitting") buses that will remain in the fleet with better emission-control technologies and/or fueling them with cleaner fuels, and 3) replacing the oldest buses in the fleet with new, less-polluting buses.
  • Work-related Asthma
    In Michigan, new cases of work-related asthma are identified in about 150 workers each year, likely an underestimated figure. Michigan State University tracks these cases and educates workplaces on addressing and preventing work-related asthma.
  • Outdoor Air Quality programs
    • MIAir–Find real-time air quality information for Michigan communities.
    • Air Quality Index–an easy way to understand how clean the outside air is. It is a simple tool that provides a color-coded "picture" of current air pollution levels and health effects, and allows people to take action to protect their health when air pollution levels are higher than normal.
    • EnviroFlash–a FREE service that provides advanced, personalized notice about unhealthy air quality days and urgent local air pollution situations via automated e-mail and text messages, and information on actions you can take to reduce pollution and protect health.

Clinical Interventions

  • Michigan Asthma Resource Kit (MARK)
    The MARK was developed to assist health care professionals and their office staff use nationally established guidelines for asthma, and includes easy-to-understand handouts for patients and their caregivers.
    The FLARE plan is a comprehensive and concise tool to help emergency department patients receive discharge instructions based on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) asthma guidelines for asthma management. It has been distributed to all Michigan EDs, and has been adopted by three national EMR companies.
  • Managing Asthma Through Case-management in Homes (MATCH)
    Serving adults and children, the MATCH model of home-based asthma case management includes physician care and school/work visits, carried out by certified asthma educators, and social work involvement. Programs are reimbursed for services by some health plans. Outcomes from a pilot study show significant improvements in numbers of ED visits and hospitalizations. This model of care is available in the Grand Rapids, Flint, Ann Arbor and Lansing areas; new programs are in the planning stages.
  • Asthma Guideline Implementation Steps & Tools (GIST)
    Asthma GIST is a program with tools that help make it easier for primary care clinicians to use the NHLBI asthma guidelines in their everyday care of patients with asthma.

Self-Management Support

  • Personal Action Toward Health (PATH)
    PATH is Michigan's name for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a six-week workshop that helps people with long-term health conditions to improve their health and manage their symptoms.