Room2Breathe Asthma Home Visiting Program
Education Plus Health operates the Room2Breathe Program in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Launched in 2019, the program is currently embedded within Temple Pediatrics and St. Christopher’s Center for the Urban Child. A community health worker is embedded within each of these pediatric practices to serve their patients who meet the eligibility criteria with one inpatient hospitalization over the last year or two emergency room visits due to asthma. Community health workers conduct up to seven home visits with eligible families over a 12-month period helping them to manage their asthma in partnership with their doctor, and ultimately reduce visits to the hospital because of asthma.
Room2Breathe community health workers:
- Teach families about asthma self-management
- Educate families about reducing asthma triggers in the home
- Provide families with supplies to help control triggers in the home
- Keep practitioners updated by sharing visit summary reports
- Refer families to pest management services as needed
- Connect families to community-based agencies to address the social determinants of health as needed
The Room2Breathe Program was launched by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health with the goal to reduce pediatric hospitalizations as a result of asthma in Philadelphia. The home visiting program is based on the well-evidenced Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) operated by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. CAPP provides training and certification for Education Plus Health’s community health workers. Partnering Medicaid and CHIP managed care organizations provide reimbursement for the services.
If you would like information about the Room2Breathe Program or think you may be eligible, contact Julie Cousler Emig at firstname.lastname@example.org or Crystal Ayala at email@example.com.