Asthma is a chronic condition that may make it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of this serious condition may include
- Chest tightness
Asthma symptoms can be triggered by allergies or irritants, colds/respiratory infections, second-hand tobacco smoke, and environmental triggers at home, school, or work.
The Asthma Control Program at the St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is helping residents get better control of their asthma. This can dramatically improve a person’s quality of life and also lower the health care costs associated with asthma.
The program involves a variety of efforts and partners working together to:
- Help residents with asthma manage their condition
- Reduce environmental triggers of asthma
- Assist health care providers who take care of patients with asthma
Some children with asthma may also receive a free home visit from a health department nurse.
Home Visits for Children with Asthma
The Asthma Control Program’s home visiting initiative helps children and adolescents ages 2-18 who have problems with asthma. For those children who qualify, a nurse from the Health Department conducts a free home visit with the child and provides the family asthma education and resources. The nurse also points out ways to minimize asthma triggers in the home environment. This type of intervention is proven to work in improving quality of life, decreasing asthma-related visits to the emergency department, lowering health care costs, and decreasing missed days of school for children with asthma.
Children can be referred for the asthma home visit by their health care provider, school nurse, hospital, or family member. For those who receive a home visit, a summary report will be provided to the parents/guardians, primary health care provider for the child, and school nurse.
To refer a child with asthma for a home visit click here.