Greater Nashua Asthma Home Visiting Program
About the Program
The Greater Nashua Asthma Home Visiting Program was created to alleviate the burden of asthma and increase the quality of life for school-based children with asthma and their families in the Greater Nashua Public Health Region (GNPHR). We hope to leverage resources and coordinate a region wide system of high quality, evidence-based home visitation services that will reduce asthma triggers in the home, provide education and reduce poor health outcomes for school-based children with asthma in the GNPHR.
The goal of this program is to assist you in learning more about asthma, your child’s triggers, and managing your child’s asthma. This program is FREE - you do not have to pay anything to be included in the program. You will also receive materials to help explain asthma to your family including ongoing education, books, giveaways, and more. The program is designed to include four visits with a Community Health Worker to assess and improve your child’s asthma. Your visits include:
- Medical assessment and asthma control education
- Asthma medication options and education
- Home environment assessment and trigger reduction
- Evaluation and next steps
- Follow up at 3 and 6 months
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Implement an evidence based and culturally competent home visiting program for the GNPHR.
- Objective 1: Develop an implementation team composed of public health professionals and community partners by August 2016.
- Objective 2: Develop tools and forms for the home visiting program and train staff by September 2016.
- Objective 3: Implement a marketing plan to establish visibility and outreach in the GNPHR for the home visiting program by December 2016.
- Objective 4: Enroll 60 school-aged children into the home visiting program by October 2018.
Goal 2: Increase the capacity of children with asthma and their families to reduce or control environmental risk factors and improve asthma management in the home.
- Objective 1: Conduct environmental assessment for asthma triggers for 95% of enrolled individuals and families.
- Objective 2: Increase the knowledge about reducing exposure to environmental triggers and maintaining healthy homes for enrolled individuals and families by conducting a pre/post-test.
Goal 3: Increase asthma management knowledge of individuals and their families by disseminating culturally competent resources.
- Objective 1: Develop or obtain culturally competent educational materials for the home visiting program by December 2016.
- Objective 2: Disseminate the educational materials to 100% of individuals and families enrolled in the program.
Take Control of Asthma
Throughout your time in the program you and your family will learn how to take control of your asthma and improve your health outcomes and enjoy a better quality of life through the following:
- Control asthma triggers
- Improve your environment
- Learn medication options and how to use them
- Decrease missed school days, hospital visits, etc.
- Improve health outcomes
- Learn how to respond to asthma "attacks"
Join the Program
- To begin the process of joining the program, you will need to reach out to your child’s medical provider or school nurse.
- Your medical provider or school nurse will fill out the Permission To Release & Exchange Confidential Information Form.
- You will be required to sign the consent form or provide a verbal consent.
- The completed form should be faxed to 603-594-3323.
- Once we receive the completed form, The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services will contact the parent/guardian in order to have the initial intake interview over the phone to determine eligibility. Once obtained, we schedule an asthma home visit with parent and child.
The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services is always available to work with the client to enroll them in the asthma home visiting program.