With strong support from DPH’s leadership, GACP proposes leveraging existing partnerships and forming new partnerships to build infrastructure. Members of the Georgia Asthma Advisory Board will provide input on program evaluation and effectiveness, as well as guidance in strategic planning. DPH’s Epidemiology Section will guide data collection, analysis, and implementation.
GACP proposes implementing the strategies in the EXHALE technical package through statewide partnerships, with a focus on high burden Public Health Districts. GACP will provide training and technical assistance on implementing asthma self-management education in schools, community-based organizations, and health systems. GACP will partner with the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program to reduce smoking and exposure to smoke. GACP proposing improving access to home visiting services by building evidence for coverage and reimbursement. To improve guidelines-based medical management, GACP proposes implementing of the CATAPULT framework, which guides health systems through quality improvement processes and encourages team-based care. In addition, GACP proposes continued partnerships with the Georgia Asthma Coalition to ensure access to albuterol in schools and with the state’s Medicaid program to improve access to asthma control services. GACP will improve by encouraging partners to refer to asthma control services, smoking cessation resources, and other community resources. Finally, GACP will educate on environmental policies related to clean diesel technology and smokefree air through partnerships with the Department of Education, Public Health Districts, and the Environmental Protection Agency.