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 will oversee the community health worker (CHW) intervention in which CHWs will conduct home visits in partnership with the Richmond City Health District Healthy Homes program to provide education on home environment triggers and techniques to reduce them. CHWs will also build trusting relationships with enrolled families to help them navigate to the appropriate source of care, with the goal of reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and utilization of the emergency department (ED). CHWs will also identify and navigate families to resources to address health-related social needs.

Using expertise derived from developing and implementing multiple CHW programs, IPHI will develop the CHW intervention model, design a curriculum for the CHWs, and hire and supervise them throughout the duration of the grant. CHWs will 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 about this partnership, contact us at 202.747.3512 or via email at info@institutephi.org.