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AIM Spring 2011 Newsletter

Spring 2011
In This Issue
Children's Healthcare Access Program
AIM Forum Save-the-Date
Asthma Camps for Kids
Michigan Asthma Calendar

Children's Healthcare Access Program (CHAP)
by Karen Meyerson MSN, RN, FNP-C, AE-C

The Children's Healthcare Access Program, or CHAP, is community-wide collaborative to improve health outcomes among children on Medicaid while better utilizing existing resources and decreasing costs, primarily through the prevention of expensive emergency room visits and hospitalizations. To achieve these goals, CHAP is committed to the idea that all children deserve to have a quality medical home – a doctor's office or clinic – where they can always go for regular checkups, immunizations and treatment when they are sick. Controlling asthma is a key component.

Since 2008, the Kent County CHAP program, in the Grand Rapids area, has used a variety of strategies to improve access to quality primary health care to help pediatric patients. It facilitates access for high-risk patients and families in participating practices; services include ongoing education, asthma disease management, transportation, language translation, and assistance in connecting to community resources. Priority Health, a managed care plan, offers financial incentives to primary care medical homes to encourage them to open to additional children enrolled in Medicaid. Medical practices participating in CHAP include four private pediatric practices, a pediatric resident teaching clinic, a nursing school family health center, and a federally qualified health center with nine sites serving pediatric patients. The Asthma Network of West Michigan (ANWM) provides asthma education and case management services for participating CHAP practices and for high-risk children with uncontrolled asthma.

Preliminary data from the CHAP asthma program, including the case management services of ANWM, showed a 30% drop in emergency department visits, and a 63% drop in inpatient admissions, along with an increase in the number of private practice Medicaid slots. Now in Year 3 of the pilot, the program plans to show that an intensive case management program can: be cost-effective, enhance the services of a patient-centered medical home, and produce significant positive outcomes. With such encouraging results, it isn't surprising that the model will be used in another Michigan community.

child at doctor office The Kresge Foundation has awarded Wayne CHAP (WCHAP) a two-year demonstration grant, which started in February 2011. The WCHAP pilot will directly serve about 3,000 children, and impact 25,000 Detroit-Wayne children in partnership with key pediatric practices, health and social service providers, foundations, families, policy makers and child health advocates. Wayne County and Detroit have alarming asthma statistics for hospitalizations, emergency department use and mortality, and the total cost of asthma in the county is over $88 million per year. While still in the planning stages, coordinating partners for this program are excited to use lessons learned in Grand Rapids and other communities to build an effective and sustainable program in Detroit, including strategies to help children with asthma.


Karen Meyerson is Manager of the Asthma Network of West Michigan, the asthma coalition serving West Michigan. A certified asthma educator, she supervises a staff of asthma educators and a medical social worker providing intensive case management services for low-income children and adults with moderate to severe asthma. Karen is also a Nurse Practitioner in private practice, specializing in asthma and allergies.


Save the Date! Save the Date! Save the Date! Save the Date! Save the Date!

Asthma Initiative of Michigan Partnership Forum
May 10, 2011 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Michigan Association of School Administrators
1001 Centennial Way, Suite 300, Lansing

The AIM Partnership Forum will convene Michigan's stakeholders to learn about emerging issues in asthma management, outdoor and indoor air quality, hear updates on asthma initiatives, and network with partners. Registration information will be available soon!
For more information, contact John Dowling, 517.335.9713
Asthma Camps!    Asthma Camps!    Asthma Camps!    Asthma Camps!
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Quick Links

Michigan Asthma Calendar 
20   Asthma 1-2-3 Facilitator Training, Mott Children's Health Center, 806 Tuuri Place, Flint, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. For more info: Patty Inman, 810.953.3951 

27   Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE) Webinar, 1 - 2 p.m. Learn more about this national webinar and register 

3    World Asthma Day Event, Wellness Plan Medical Center, 4909 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, 4 - 7 p.m. For more info: LaDarla Easley, 313.819.4641  

5-6   Asthma Information Review (AIR) course, St. Joseph Mercy Health System Campus - Women's Health Center Auditorium, Ypsilanti, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. RN/RRT continuing ed credits available. For more info: Karla Stoermer-Grossman, 734.936.0038 

7   Not One More Life Event, Grand Rapids, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., location TBD, For more info: Karen Meyerson, 616.685.1432 

10   Asthma Initiative of Michigan Partnership Forum, Mich. Assoc. of School Administrators, 1001 Centennial Way, Lansing, 9 - 3:30 p.m. For more info: John Dowling, 517.335.9713 

27-July 1    Camp Tall Turf, for Grand Rapids area children with asthma, ages 8-13, Walkerville. For more info: Liz Baldwin, 616.452.7906  

Please direct questions and comments about this newsletter to Tisa Vorce
Phone: 517.335.9463

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