Blueprint of Recommendations for Making Communities "Asthma Friendly" for Children

From 1999 to 2001, staff at RAND Health worked with a panel of health experts to develop a set of policy recommendations, with implementation and funding options for each, for improving childhood asthma outcomes nationwide.

Key Results

  • Project staff developed a Blueprint for Policy Action that calls for creation of "asthma-friendly" communities in which:
    • Children with asthma would be diagnosed quickly and would receive appropriate and ongoing treatment.
    • Health care, school and social agencies would be prepared to meet the needs of children with asthma and their families.
    • Children would be safe from physical and social environmental risks that exacerbate their condition.
  • Project staff developed six policy goals and 11 policy recommendations to support this overarching objective. The policy recommendations include:
    • Improve access to and quality of asthma health care services.
    • Teach children with asthma and their families how to better manage the illness.
    • Provide coordinated case management to children at high risk for asthma.
    • Develop model health care benefit packages for essential childhood asthma services.
  • Project staff published its recommendations in three RAND reports.
  • Project staff also published its recommendations in the May 2002 issue of the journal, Pediatrics.