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A special kind of teamwork and visits by clinicians to patients’ homes is helping to keep those with chronic lung problems out of the hospital.
Compared to other Californians, Valley residents have higher poverty rates, lack access to health insurance and medical providers, have higher rates of asthma and diabetes and don’t get their behavioral health needs adequately addressed. Those are some of the findings from research across four counties published in a “Community Needs Assessment” report by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at California State University, Fresno.
First 5 Fresno County renewed its commitment to Valley asthma sufferers by giving more than $110,000 to Community Regional Medical Center’s asthma program. This is the fourth consecutive year First 5 will fund the hospital’s Early Childhood Asthma Program.
The outpatient Asthma Education and Management Program at Community Regional Medical Center plays an important role in helping patients and their families achieve long-term control and management of their asthma symptoms. It aims to improve quality of life by increasing knowledge about asthma to reduce symptoms and emergency department visits.
Community Medical Centers received $60,000 in grant money from First 5 Fresno County for the Community Asthma Education and Management Center. This grant is a continuation of the $200,000 grant the center received in early 2009 for its Early Childhood Asthma Program.