Success with CHWs Asthma

Case studies

oneKidGirlLooking for Community Health Worker (CHW) program models? Here are a few to help you get started.

The New England Asthma Innovations Collaborative Model

The New England Asthma Innovations Collaborative (NEAIC) model establishes and promotes CHWs as strong healthcare delivery partners addressing environmental conditions as part and parcel of the disease management program — with reimbursement by payers. Download (PDF)

Community Health Workers: Bringing Asthma Control to Home in Seattle-King County

CHW home visits are the linchpin of the successful Seattle-King County’s Asthma Program. Download (PDF)

Asthma Disparities: A Focused Examination of Health and Ethnicity of Massachusetts Residence

In Massachusetts, the Reducing Ethnic/Racial Disparities in Youth (READY) Study included CHWs to provide home asthma education and environmental assessment. It is part of the state’s strategic asthma plan (PDF) released in 2009. Download (PDF)

To Control Asthma, Start With The Home Instead Of The Child

As featured on NPR, Boston Children’s Hospital Community Asthma Initiative includes home visits and shows a healthy ROI.

Promising Approaches to Integrating Community Health Workers into Health Systems: Four Case Studies

This piece offers four case studies – in Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Ohio – of interventions that illustrate the challenges and opportunities for integrating CHWs into health systems.


Bridging gaps in care

New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s hospital-community partnership model is called WIN for Asthma: a CHW-Driven Program to Support, Educate, and Empower Caregivers of Children with Asthma (PDF).

A total of 498 patients completed the initial year-long program, demonstrating that CHWs can move fluidly between community and health care settings, bridging gaps in care for patients

CHWs in the Twin Cities

In the Twin Cities, UCare partners with South Lake Pediatrics to implement an innovative model of care for UCare members. This model puts CHWs directly in the clinics to work with each clinic’s primary care team. Watch a video about UCare's approach.