Asthma Impact Model
The Asthma Impact Model (AIM) is a multi-component intervention strategy to improve the lives of Valley residents suffering with asthma by reducing triggers in the home and ensuring access to and proper use of asthma medications. AIM also supports patients by facilitating and reinforcing regular visits to a health care provider. AIM has been demonstrated to improve the management of asthma and reduce asthma emergencies among a high-risk Medi-Cal population in the region.
- In-home environmental assessment and trigger remediation, health education, case management, testing and utilization review.
- Develop partnerships with local Managed Care Organizations, agencies and clinicians.
- Calculate and report intervention outcomes and costs, determine policy implications, assess feasibility of scaling, and develop specific policy goals for sustainability.
Considerations: As noted, this includes healthcare savings only; a more robust benefit estimate may be expanded to include ancillary value generated by the program—such as averted school absenteeism and increased parent productivity.
“I learned that the air inside my home affects my son’s asthma, so I change the air filters for my AC system every 3 months.”
Mother of AIM Patient
“The program has helped me advocate for my daughter and get correct medication for her asthma. It has really been a blessing to us.”
Mother of AIM Patient
“I’m really grateful to be part of this (AIM) program because now I know what needs to be done to help my children live a normal life.”
Mother of two AIM Patients
Patients reported they were able to live more independent lives
Patients knew how to better manage their health, environment and medical care needs.
Cost-benefit analysis showed decreased utilization of medical care resulted in a net savings and positive return on investment.
- Patients with an Asthma diagnosis
- Must live in current AIM service area
- All Ages
- No income or insurance requirements
- HEPA vacuum cleaner
- Asthma-friendly cleaning supplies
- Non-toxic integrated pest managements (IPM)
- Health protective HVAC filters for one year
- Asthma safe pillow and mattess covers
- Hygrometer to measure humidity and prevent mold
- Spacer/chamber for inhaler to ensure proper medication use
Home Environmental Assessment (HEA)
- Based on the HEA, a list of recommendations for low/no-cost steps towards trigger remediation are provided
- Highlights areas that the family is already doing correctly to reduce asthma triggers
- Asks families to commit to three new things that will help reduce asthma triggers in
- During the follow-up visits and phone calls, these commitments are reviewed for continued efficacy
Adapting AIM to COVID-19 Needs
If you are a medical provider who would like to refer a patient to the AIM Program, please FAX your referral to 559-492-3802.