Asthma Impact Model

Serving the San Joaquin Valley

The Asthma Impact Model (AIM) Program is a multi-component intervention strategy program whose purpose is to improve the lives of those suffering with asthma by reducing triggers in the home and school setting as well as ensuring access to and proper use of, asthma medications and tools while facilitating regular visits to a health care provider. AIM improves the management of asthma and reduces asthma emergencies among a high-risk population in the region.

Some of our startegies include:

  • In-home environmental assessment and 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.

Program Impacts

AIM patients reported reduced symptoms indicating a significantly enhanced level of asthma controlled.

AIM patients reported improved asthma symptoms, fewer activity limitations  and improved emotional function.

AIM patients reported lower rates of emergency department, inpatient and  urgent care visits.

Decreased utilization resulted in a net savings to the health care system of $2,214 per patient.

Considerations:

  • As noted, this includes health care 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.

Testimonials

“The (AIM) program has helped me a lot in understanding asthma triggers. I’m washing all bedding once a week as recommended and I damp dust and clean my house on a regular basis.”

Modesto Reyes, mother to 5 year old Miguel Angel.

“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.”

Juanita Sanchez, mother of two asthmatic children.

After the home assessment, it has been about a year since my son has had any symptoms.”

Janet Magana, Mother of AIM participant.

Implications

  1. Patients reported they were able to live better, more independent lives.
  2. Patients knew how to better manage their health, environment and medical care needs.
  3. Cost-benefit analysis showed decreased utilization of medical care resulted in a net savings and positive return on investment.

Who Qualifies?

  • Patients with an Asthma diagnosis
  • Must live in current AIM service area
  • All Ages
  • No income or insurance requirements

 

 

 

Free Incentives

Patients may also qualify for great free incentives:

  • HEPA vacuum cleaner
  • Asthma-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Non-toxic integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Health protective HVAC filters for one year
  • Asthma safe pillow and mattress covers

Recommendations

  • A list of recommendations for low/no-cost steps towards trigger remediation are provided.
  • Positive reinforcement for the things clients are already doing correctly to reduce asthma triggers.
  • Clients commit to three new things that will reduce asthma triggers in their home.
  • During follow-up visits and phone calls, these commitments are reviewed and re-examined for continued efficacy.

Administrative Office

4991 E. McKinley Ave. Suite 109, Fresno, Ca. 93727

Call Us

(559) 272-4874

EMAIL US

admin@centralcalasthma.org

Bakersfield Office

990 Truxtun Ave. Suite 109, Bakersfield, CA 93301

(661) 438-1791

ana.rivera@centralcalasthma.org

*If you live in one of the counties where we are currently enrolling for the AIM Program and would like to know how to enroll, please contact us by email or phone from the options above.

If you are a medical provider who would like to refer a patient to the AIM Program, please FAX a referral to 559-492-3802.