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Roseland Community Initiative Honored with 25th Annual Premier Cares Award

The Roseland Community Initiative was launched by Mobile Care Chicago in 2013 in partnership with local schools and Roseland Community Hospital. The Initiative has three components:

  1. Asthma educators stationed within the hospital’s emergency department, as well as local schools, educate families on children’s respiratory issues and how to best manage them;
  2. Asthma Vans provide no-cost, ongoing, comprehensive medical care to effectively manage asthma and severe allergies. This shifts patients away from reliance on emergency medicine by ensuring that they have the routine care that they need; and
  3. Home inspections identify asthma triggers in the home and help families eliminate them.

This three-pronged approach has resulted in over 80% reduction in pediatric emergency department utilization for asthma. In addition, it has dramatically reduced hospitalizations and school absenteeism.

To date, Mobile Care Chicago has received three awards for the Roseland Community Initiative, underscoring just how impactful mobile medical clinics can be.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of Mobile Care’s donors and the following organizations:

  • Illinois Department of Public Health, Title V Grant
  • American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
  • Field Foundation of Illinois
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • The Crown Family
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Albert Pick, Jr. Fund

Asthma Educators Save Money (and Lives)

“We need to get the word out there,” Maybell Hoskins says. “If parents don’t know, they can’t help their child.”

Maybell has been an Asthma Educator with the Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation Asthma Van for 14 years. She coordinates patient visits, teaches children how to prevent asthma attacks, and explains triggers to parents and local teachers. She is a local fixture in a community where 25% of children have asthma.

“People come up and tell me, ‘I had to take this child to the hospital every month. Since coming to see you, I don’t have to do that now.’ That’s rewarding.”

Maybell is well acquainted with the positive results of the Asthma Van’s work. Over her years, she’s managed the cases of over 1,700 low-income children, and has rallied the teachers and administrators of Metcalfe Elementary behind asthma control. “Every teacher in this school knows who to send kids to if they have asthma,” one of the teachers tells me. “It didn’t used to be like that.”

The work of Asthma Educators like Maybell has been proven to decrease asthma-related hospitalizations by up to 81%, and ER visits by 64%. Considering that some of the children Maybell has helped were being hospitalized every two months before joining the Asthma Van and its comprehensive education, treatment, and on-going asthma care, this translates into an overwhelming improvement in a child’s quality of life.

And Asthma Educators are cost-efficient. As an example, the national no-show rate for a community clinic is 30%. Mobile C.A.R.E. Asthma Vans currently have an average 16% no-show rate. Metcalfe, with Maybell’s help, had a no-show rate of 11% last year, with an 8% no-show rate for the last half of the year. Though that percentage may sound small, Mobile C.A.R.E. estimates that putting four more Asthma Educators into the most distressed areas it serves would save the organization $122,000 per year, as well as increase organizational impact by maximizing doctor-patient face-time.

But Maybell’s success as an Asthma Educator is far more than just numbers. It’s a cultural change in areas known for a lack of reliable information about chronic diseases. “Before I met Maybell,” one teacher says, “I didn’t realize how serious asthma could be. It’s something we monitor now, and each year we screen every new child for asthma so we can catch problems before they’re problems.” Asthma Educators save money, and transform lives.

This post originally appeared on the SoundAsthma blog.

Update: Mobile C.A.R.E. has hired a new Asthma Educator! Meet Kamari Thompson