What happens when we forge a partnership to help children and their families manage asthma? Learn how we’ve impacted an estimated 435,545 people.
There are so many pressing health needs across our communities — including Asthma, a long-term health problem that affects millions of children in the United States. Kids with asthma have trouble breathing. They are likely to miss school, go to the emergency room and even end up in the hospital. In serious cases, they can die from an asthma attack. Even those whose asthma isn’t severe may miss out on sports and other activities because of their condition. While childhood asthma can be controlled, it can’t be cured. We’re taking on childhood asthma in an aggressive way to help patients with asthma better manage their conditions and improve their quality of life.
Under our signature community investment initiative, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families®, we partnered with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest to address childhood asthma. This is one example of how we tackle disease management in our communities. In 2016, our Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program delivered monthly training and resources to 25 health care clinics across our five states. Participating clinics have produced, on average, a 50 percent reduction or more in hospitalizations and emergency-related visits for asthma patients who benefited from this asthma program. Since the program began in 2012, we’ve impacted an estimated 435,545 people through these efforts.
As part of the program, we are also helping medical professionals make faster and more appropriate asthma diagnoses.
Additionally, our partnership with the American Lung Association has expanded to include home visits for those patients who continue to suffer from poorly controlled asthma to identify and remove environmental triggers within their homes. At these visits, environmental asthma triggers were identified, including carpet, dust and cleaning products. To date, 118 children have received assessments in their homes.
The Enhancing Care for Children with Asthma program was honored in 2016 with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Award, which showcases how businesses make the world a better place. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the globe compete for this annual award, making it one of the most coveted recognitions in corporate citizenship.
Learn more about how we are making a difference in the lives of children with asthma by visiting our Taking on Asthma site.
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