West Philadelphia Controls Asthma

2018-05-11 16:08:07 | BioPortfolio


This project uses community health workers (CHW) or lay health educators to implement asthma interventions that have been proven to work in the primary care setting and in schools. The objective is to integrate the home, school, healthcare system, and community for 600 school-aged asthmatic children in West Philadelphia through use of CHWs.

The children enrolled in the study will be randomized to one of four groups including: primary care CHW, school CHW, primary care and school CHW or the control group (no CHW).


The Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a two-decade history of utilizing CHWs to improve asthma outcomes of children in Philadelphia. Building on this foundation, a network of stakeholders was established including, The West Philadelphia Asthma Care Collaborative (WEPACC), with representation from public housing, healthcare, community, and schools. As a result of assessment of local needs, resource mapping, and months of planning, Investigators designed an asthma care implementation program with the broad objective of integrating home, school, healthcare system, and community for school-aged asthmatic children in West Philadelphia. Investigators seek to accomplish this goal using CHWs to deliver sustainable patient-centered evidence-based interventions. The evidence-based interventions include (1) a primary care-based Yes We Can intervention with home visitation and (2) a comprehensive and rigorously evaluated school-based intervention, Open Airways for schools and School Based Asthma Therapy. CHWs will function as the hub of each interventions, serving either as primary care CHWs or school CHWs to provide a network of education, care coordination support, and to facilitate communication for families of children with asthma between the four sectors. This project seeks to integrate interventions in a comprehensive and sustainable manner to reduce asthma disparities in poor, minority children.

Using a factorial design, Investigators will recruit and randomize 600 asthmatic children (ages 6-12 years) from three inner-city primary care clinics who attend one of 23 West Philadelphia schools to one of four study conditions: both interventions (both primary care and school CHWs intervention), primary care CHW or school-CHW alone, or control and follow for one year. As a part of this project the Investigators seek to accomplish the following objectives:

Objective 1. Compare effectiveness of the primary care and school interventions to improve asthma control and reduce symptom days using main and simple effects from the factorial design.

Objective 2. Explore moderators and mechanisms of effectiveness and sustainability of the interventions.

Objective 3. Use mixed methods to explore implementation determinants and outcomes of school intervention that promote effectiveness, fidelity and sustainability

Objective 4. Examine the costs, savings, and cost effectiveness associated with the intervention and implementation strategies to promote sustainability.

Study Design


Childhood Asthma


Yes We Can Children's Asthma Program, School-Based Asthma Therapy, Open Airways for School Plus


Not yet recruiting


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Results (where available)

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