Presentation on theme: "HSI Pediatric Asthma Initiative & ZAP Asthma Atlanta Rosa Arriaga, Ph.D. Director Pediatric Research."— Presentation transcript:
HSI Pediatric Asthma Initiative & ZAP Asthma Atlanta Rosa Arriaga, Ph.D. Director Pediatric Research
Overview Review the goals of HSI Review the goals of Zap Asthma Atlanta Share current Asthma Simulation Game
Health Systems Institute Joint Initiative between GT and Emory Focuses on healthcare delivery research Emphasize chronic care in traditional and non- traditional spaces home, the cell phone, the web
Why focus on Asthma Asthma: a chronic inflammatory disorder of the lungs and airways that causes recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing Prevalence 10% or children age 10 and younger 10-15% of middle school and high school children 8% of adults (more common in women than men) Cost $46 million in 2005 Asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood and is the number one cause of hospitalization and absenteeism
Treatment practices Regular General Practitioner (GP) check up Appropriate use of prophylactic medication Use of peak flow meters *Asthma action plans We can help improve these practices!
HSI Pediatric Research Philosophy: Technology is a means to scale human efforts Over time, over space Important role for mobile phones, social media, web Local: Develop technologies to automate current treatment, monitoring and management practices Thereby improving patient outcomes Taking an ecological approach to technology development
Zap Asthma Atlanta 16 member public, private partnership created to reduce preventable morbidity and mortality from asthma for children living in Atlanta's “Empowerment Zone” Utilizes an "action research/participatory research model," known asthma triggers in the home environment of study participants are identified and ameliorated, Utilizes the skills of trained community health workers, assist families in sustaining the environmental interventions.
Asthma in context Atlanta is the “asthma capitol” of the US Metro Atlanta 1:4 Asthma occurs in African-American children at three times the national rate. African Americans are four times more likely to die from asthma than whites
Education is paramount!
Zap Simulation Game “Game” to help individuals learn about how to manage and monitor asthma