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AIM Spring 2012 Newsletter

Michigan Physicians Needed: PACE Plus Study
by Randall Brown, MD, MPH & Matt Shankin, MSW

pace plus logo Asthma, the most common chronic disease of childhood, remains on the rise. Michigan pediatric and family medicine doctors know this well. The Physician Asthma Care Education (PACE Plus) study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to reduce the rate of pediatric asthma by providing an advanced "state-of-the-art" asthma management program to Michigan physicians and tracking patient outcomes. The PACE Plus study is looking for primary care physicians who are interested in participating.

Understanding that asthma may be every bit a disease of communication as it is of inflammation, the University of Michigan (UM) developed proven educational skills for physicians, known as PACE. The PACE Plus program is a two-part (5-hour total) interactive and complex seminar to improve physician knowledge, enhance asthma patient control and lessen the use of health resources. The Center for Managing Chronic Disease at UM is conducting a randomized, multi-site PACE Plus trial in two of the most vulnerable populations: Latino/Hispanics and African American children. Participating physicians will learn how to improve their asthma communication skills, leading to better health outcomes for children with asthma.

The PACE Plus intervention is currently enrolling pediatricians or family medicine physicians in Michigan, limited to one physician per clinical practice. Practices will be asked for access to physicians and key office staff, and to help research staff review patient medical and utilization records. Cash incentives and 5 CME credits are available to participating physicians.

To learn more please visit the PACE Plus website or contact Dr. Randall Brown (734.647.3179).

Dr. Brown is the Medical Director for PACE Plus, at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease, University of Michigan School of Public Health. Matt Shankin is the PACE Plus Recruitment Coordinator at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease, University of Michigan School of Public Health.
How Does Michigan Rate? Patient Education by Clinicians

As part of the Michigan Asthma Call Back Survey (2005-2009), 52% of adults and 40% of children responded "yes" to three or more of the following questions- this is unchanged over the course of the survey years:
  1. "Has a doctor or other health professional ever taught you .......how to recognize early signs or symptoms of an asthma episode?"
  2. "......what to do during an asthma episode or attack?"
  3. "......how to use a peak flow meter to adjust your daily medications?"
  4. "An asthma action plan, or asthma management plan, is a form with instructions about when to change the amount or type of medicine, when to call the doctor for advice, and when to go to the emergency room. Has a doctor or other health professional ever given you an asthma action plan?"
  5. "Have you ever taken a course or class on how to manage your asthma?"

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It's Time to Think About Asthma Camps!

Visit GetAsthmaHelp.org for more information

Delta College Asthma Camp, University Center, Michigan
Ages 6-9, June 25
Ages 10-12, June 27

Camp Michi-Mac, Jackson, Michigan
Grades 3-10, July 7-13

Camp TallTurf, Walkerville, Michigan
Ages 8-13, July 16-20

Michigan Asthma Calendar
18-19 Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training, American Lung Association of Michigan, Oak Park, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wed., 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Thurs. Register, Questions: Patty Inman, 810.931.1425

3-4 Asthma Information Review (AIR) Course, Michigan Society for Respiratory Care, St. Joseph Mercy, Ann Arbor, both days 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For more info: 866.989.6772 or Register

10 World Asthma Day Event, Detroit Alliance for Asthma Awareness, Wellness Plan Medical Center, Detroit, 4 to 7 p.m.. For more info: DAAA or 313.819.4641

12 5/10K Fun Run, Detroit Alliance for Asthma Awareness, Nankin Mill Park, Westland, 10 a.m. For more info: 866.989.6772

31 Asthma Initiative of Michigan Partnership Forum, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lansing Community College West Campus, Lansing. For more info: John Dowling or 517.335.9713

23 Jackson Asthma Coalition Golf Scramble, Jackson Hills Golf Course, Jackson, 9 a.m. To benefit Camp Michi-MAC. For more info: April Allen, 517.841.7973

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