alexa Community health workers as drivers of a successful community-based disease management initiative.
Business & Management

Business & Management

Journal of Accounting & Marketing

Author(s): Peretz PJ, Matiz LA, Findley S, Lizardo M, Evans D, , Peretz PJ, Matiz LA, Findley S, Lizardo M, Evans D,

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Abstract In 2005, local leaders in New York City developed the Washington Heights/Inwood Network for Asthma Program to address the burden of asthma in their community. Bilingual community health workers based in community organizations and the local hospital provided culturally appropriate education and support to families who needed help managing asthma. Families participating in the yearlong care coordination program received comprehensive asthma education, home environmental assessments, trigger reduction strategies, and clinical and social referrals. Since 2006, 472 families have enrolled in the yearlong program. After 12 months, hospitalizations and emergency department visits decreased by more than 50\%, and caregiver confidence in controlling the child's asthma increased to nearly 100\%. Key to the program's success was the commitment and involvement of community partners from program inception to date.
This article was published in Am J Public Health and referenced in Journal of Accounting & Marketing

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