BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
The Asthma Life Skills Academy for Adults (ALSAA)
This program provides asthma and air quality education, case management services and resources for adults and seniors in Long Beach. The program is funded by the Port of Long Beach Mitigation Grants Program.
The Community Asthma and Air Quality Resource Education (CAARE) Project is funded by British Petroleum Settlement Funds and the Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The goals of the CAARE Project are to improve the health and well-being of adults with asthma, and to assist communities in West Long Beach to reduce and/or eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollutants that may contribute to asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses.
An adult asthma education and outreach program for tenants to participate in a one-on-one, in-home asthma care program. The CAARE Program has adapted the American Lung Association's "Breathe Well, Live Well" curriculum, where adults with asthma learn real hands-on skills to effectively manage their asthma.
As part of our community education and outreach initiatives, CAARE facilitates a series of workshops to engage and connect with the community. These free one-hour workshops focus on how to create better indoor and outdoor air quality, provide information about asthma, and how to clean using non-toxic cleaning supplies.
Asthma Information Hotline
The CAARE program is pleased to offer the Information Hotline, which provides information on asthma and its triggers.
An adult asthma education and outreach program for tenants to participate in a one-on-one in-home asthma care program. A community health worker will come to your home and educate you on asthma, its triggers, and on how to make your home a healthier place to live by using non-toxic cleaning supplies.
Are you or do you know and adult with asthma that would like to participate in the CAARE tenant outreach education program? If so, please call (562) 570-4008 to speak to a public health specialist to schedule and appointment with one of our community health workers.
Home Visit One - Recruitment and Enrollment
The Community Health Worker (CHW) either recruits participants by door to door visits in local neighborhoods, or contacts people that have been referred to us. If it is a referral, an appointment will be made by phone. At the initial visit, the CHW begins to fill out the Client Assessment Survey to gather pertinent information on the participant. The CHW asks permission to do the Asthma Home Environment Checklist, which assesses certain asthma triggers that may exist in the home. The participant is then asked to complete the American Lung Association's Breathe Well, Live Well (BWLW) Asthma Questionnaire and the Mini Asthma Quality of Life Survey. As incentive for participating, the client may be given a bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap, Boric Acid or Baking Soda. At the end of the first visit, the CHW schedules the next visit with the participant.
Home Visit Two - Introduction to BWLW and Health Education I
During the second visit, the participant receives their copy of the BWLW an Asthma Management Program for Adults Participant Workbook, which will be used during the second and third visits. It is the primary health education tool that the participant will receive. At this visit, the CHW goes over Lessons 1-3. The CHW also reviews the Asthma Medicines Chart and gives instruction on using peak flow meters and spacers. As an additional incentive, the participant may receive their choice of a peak flow meter or spacer.
Home Visit Three - Health Education II
At this visit, the CHW completes the lessons in the BWLW An Asthma Management Program for Adults workbook. The participant also completes the second BWLW Asthma Questionnaire, along with the BWLW Participant Evaluation Form. Additionally, the participant may receive information on cleaning witn non-toxic cleaning supplies to reduce the allergen triggers in their home, along with information on smoking, smoking cessation, and possible referrals to other City departments as appropriate.
Follow-up Visit - Three months post-enrollment
The follow-up visit consists of data gathering three months post enrollment. At this time, the Client Assessment Survey Sections D,E and F are completed. The CHW asks permission to do the Asthma Home Environment Checklist to determine any changes that may have been made. The participant is asked to complete the BWLW Asthma Questionaire and the Mini Asthma Quality of Life Survey. If the participant expresses an interest in reviewing any of the BWLW lessons, the CHW provides a review and answers any questions. As a thank you for their participation, clients are given a gift card to a local supermarket or discount store.
As part of our community education and outreach initiative, CAARE has facilitated a series of workshops to engage and connect the community to available asthma care and air pollution resources. The "Care for Your Air Outside and at Home" is a free two-hour workshop on how to create better indoor and outdoor air quality. These workshops provide an opportunity for those who are not enrolled in the in-home case management program to learn more about asthma, air pollution, and it's health effects.
You Will Learn:
- How to better manage your asthma
- To identify and avoid asthma triggers
- To recognize warning signs of an asthma attack
- To create an action plan to control your asthma
- to eliminate indoor and outdoor air pollutants that may contribute to asthma, allergies and other respiratory illnesses, and much more!
You Can Win!
A Vacuum or Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies!
If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group of fifteen or more participants, please call (562) 570-4008.