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2010 Award Winners/Recognitions

2010 National Leadership Award Winners - Region 5 Partners

Sinai Urban Health Institute

This award recognizes stellar asthma management programs that are using innovative approaches to improve patient health and quality of life. Sinai Urban Health Institute is one of only five programs to receive this prestigious award this year. Award winners are recognized for demonstrating that comprehensive asthma care with a strong environmental component can dramatically improve health outcomes for people with asthma. The Healthy Home, Healthy Child program targets North Lawndale, a community with that is 94% black and one of the lowest-income communities is Chicago. The community has a 25% asthma rate and high hospitalization and ED rates. They are strong partners with MTO and the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children/Health and Disability Advocates (which helps with the success of access to the homes, along with the CHW and remediation success). They have already seen a 74% decrease in ED visits in the 70 children enrolled, along with a 52% decline in night's sleep-disturbed asthma. They have great data on the CHW approach.

2010 Region 5 Partners for Asthma Action Program

U.S. EPA Region 5 is fortunate to have many outstanding asthma initiatives. In order to honor this excellent work, Region 5 initiated its Partners for Asthma Action Recognition Program for the first time in 2007 and recognized additional partners in 2008, 2009, and again in 2010. This recognition is for programs that are less than five years old, but have shown great initiative and innovative approaches, and are already achieving positive results. Each of the programs listed below exhibits at least 4 of the key drivers recommended for a successful asthma program. Each recognized partner received a certificate of recognition and a scholarship to attend the Fifth National Asthma Forum in Washington DC.

Chippewa County Asthma Coalition – Eau Claire, WI

The Chippewa County Asthma Coalition is a nonprofit group that was founded in January 2005. Membership in the Coalition includes nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, social workers, and concerned community volunteers. They have representation from area health departments, clinics, health care systems, schools, and other local organizations. The current focus is to offer asthma education and outreach to diverse groups, including un/under insured, low-income, and school-aged children's families. Key drivers include strong community ties and high performing collaborations and partnerships, facilitating activities such as trainings at the annual teachers' in-service, daycares, food service centers, and senior centers. The Coalition's short-term goals are to continue providing Asthma 101 training to local providers; to continue increasing their membership; and to continue increasing discussion with partners related to asthma education reimbursement. Their long-term goals include implementing best practice standards; offering ongoing support for asthma training and management; and applying for grant funding.

Lynn Cherrier (Cherrier.Lynn@mayo.edu), 715-726-7900

Trempealeau County Asthma Coalition – Whitehall, WI

The Trempealeau County Asthma Coalition, founded in November 2009, is a nonprofit group whose mission is to “improve the quality of asthma education, prevention, management and services in Trempealeau County.” Membership includes a respiratory therapist, pediatrician, school nurse, staff at Head Start and at Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), county health and human services, and community members. Their key drivers include strong community ties and collaboration of diverse partners. The Coalition's short-term goals include increasing asthma awareness and knowledge in schools; educating athletics coaches about asthma, symptoms, and triggers; identifying children who may need formal asthma screening; and education of children with asthma about managing their asthma triggers. Their long-term goals include increasing social acceptance of asthma in schools; increasing treatment compliance among children who have asthma; reducing asthma-related hospitalizations and ER visits; and improving the quality of life for asthma sufferers through better management of medication and triggers.

Barb Barczak (Barbarab@tremplocounty.com), 715-538-2001

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