Montana (MT) Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) is applying for the CDC-RFA-DP19-1902 “A Comprehensive Public Health Approach to Asthma Control Through Evidence-based Interventions”. The grant activities will be prioritized to the highest burden areas or specific sub-populations at high-risk that may otherwise be missed by these activities, with an emphasis on children at risk for emergency department visits.
The Montana Asthma Control Program (MACP) will address the burden of asthma in MT by implementing activities through a comprehensive and coordinated approach to focus the work, reduce duplication, and increase the efficiency of the staff and partners, while leveraging limited resources. Work will address health disparities and the most vulnerable populations. This approach includes addressing standards and policies to improve access to asthma control services that affect groups of people (communities, schools, worksites); increasing Montanans’ awareness of asthma triggers, disease self-management, and resources (community programs, home-based trigger reduction services, payer sources); working with healthcare providers to implement quality improvement strategies that improve delivery and use of clinical services; and linking clinical and community resources. These activities are consistent with the NOFO strategies of Category A and B. The MACP is committed to improving the quality of life for all Montanans with asthma.
Category A and B strategies address these outcomes related to asthma: 1) increase capacity to deliver or refer people with asthma to asthma self-management education (ASME), 2) increase access, referral to and delivery of coordinated services in high burden areas, 3) improve systems that encourage team-based care, 4) and increase use of data for program improvement. The work plan activities address these intermediate outcomes: 1) more people with asthma receive appropriate medical assessments, essential medications and devices, and 2) establish linkages and coordination across public health and health care systems. Finally, activities will lead to long-term outcomes related to more people having well-controlled asthma, fewer asthma attacks, fewer missed school or work days and fewer asthma-related ED visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
In cooperation with CDC, MT DPHHS will collect data, report on performance measures, and communicate regularly results from these evidence-based activities. This funding will allow MT DPHHS to further reduce the overall burden of asthma, including emergency department visits for children with asthma, by working with diverse partners and forming a collaborative strategic plan.