Community Health Workers: A Valuable Part of the Asthma Care Team

RAMP is committed to supporting Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other non-licensed professionals as a valuable part of the asthma care team. Reflecting this commitment for over 15 years, RAMP regularly hosts learning and peer support forums for CHWs working on asthma across the Bay Area.

Here’s a sampling of some of our recent meetings.

  • Kathy Dervin of the Public Health Institute’s Center for Climate Change and Health spoke about the current and future impacts of climate change on asthma and other public health concerns. Meeting participants were interested in discussing both individual behavior changes on which they could educate their clients and broader policy and systems changes for which they could advocate.
  • We hosted a presentation and discussion led by Mary Frazier, RN, Project Director of Oakland’s Breathmobile. She presented on strategies that CHWs and other asthma educators can use to talk with patients about asthma medications, medication delivery devices, and other key topics related to asthma. She also facilitated a discussion through which participants were able to share with and learn from their peers about different strategies that have been successful for them when educating patients with asthma and their families.
  • Most recently, Neeta Thakur, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco, presented on research she has been conducting to better understand asthma disparities. Her work focuses on understanding how environmental and social factors impact asthma, and she also works with Dr. Esteban Burchard to better understand why drug responses differ across race/ethnicity. This research was recently covered by NPR. In addition to presenting the research, she discussed the implications of this research for working with families affected by asthma.

If you’re a CHW or other non-licensed professional in the San Francisco Bay Area interested in participating, please email RAMP’s Director, Anne Kelsey Lamb.

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