RVA Breathes: A partnership to improve health outcomes for asthmatic children in Richmond, VA

IPHI is partnering with the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychology on the implementation of RVA Breathes, a six-year NIH-funded research grant to assess the impact of evidence-based asthma interventions on asthmatic children in Richmond, VA.

IPHI oversees the community health worker (CHW) intervention of this study, in which CHWs conduct home visits in partnership with the Healthy Homes Assessors from the Richmond City Health District’s Healthy Homes program. Together they provide education on home environment triggers and techniques to reduce them. CHWs also build trusting relationships with enrolled families to help them navigate to the appropriate source of care. CHWs also identify and navigate families to resources to address health-related social needs.

Using expertise derived from developing and implementing multiple CHW programs, IPHI developed the CHW intervention model, designed a curriculum for the CHWs, and hires and supports the CHWs throughout the duration of the grant.  The CHWs collect research data and participate in weekly meetings with the VCU research team to evaluate the impact of the interventions. The primary outcomes of interest include ED utilization, unnecessary hospitalization, school attendance, and medication usage.

For more information on RVA Breathes, contact Rebecca Epstein with IPHI at repstein@institutephi.org.