The BREATHE Initiative within Louisiana's Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
BREATHE stands for “Bringing Respiratory Health Equity for Asthmatics Through Healthier Environments.” True to its name, it is focused on providing asthma services that takes the environmental triggers of asthma into account.
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Tracking Program has awarded a Cooperative Agreement to the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Section of Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology (SEET) Tracking Program since 2009. This program funding has directly supported Louisiana’s health department to build environmental health capacity and a state tracking program, and to guide and make possible several opportunities to support state health interventions.
Recent challenging events in Louisiana have included hurricanes, man-made environmental disasters and most recently, COVID-19. A growing initiative within the LDH Tracking Program since 2019 has been “Bringing Respiratory Health Equity for Asthmatics Through Healthier Environments: BREATHE.”
In October 2020, Tracking staff from LDH-SEET applied for and were awarded funding through a US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement, in partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, New Orleans Health Department and Louisiana Center for Health Equity. This award enabled the program to pilot BREATHE Virtual Home Visits in socially and environmentally vulnerable areas of the state with a high burden of COVID-19 and asthma. The BREATHE program has partnered with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to provide Virtual Home Visits to clients with poorly controlled asthma as well as home environmental concerns.
- Partners: Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative, Louisiana Center for Health Equity, LDH Section of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, New Orleans Health Department
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Several materials being used by the BREATHE program are made available below.
- BREATHE Background & Outreach
- BREATHE Background & Outreach - English
- BREATHE Background & Outreach - Spanish
- Asthma Education Handbook
- Asthma Home Environmental Checklist
- SEET Contact for Indoor Environmental Concerns
- Outdoor Air Quality and Asthma
- Green Cleaning for Asthma that Works for COVID-19
- Asthma Education Classes at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital
- Mold Brochure
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Integrated Pest Management for Asthma
- Managing Asthma Post-COVID
- BREATHE Pre-Screen
- First Home Visit Survey
- Follow-up Home Visit Surveys
- Asthma Control Test
- Pre-Post Knowledge Survey
- Program Evaluation