TidalHealth receives asthma control grant
MARYLAND – TidalaHealth, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Chesapeake Housing Mission, has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Rural Maryland Council for its EXHALE Asthma Control Program.
We’re told the grant is being used to identify, educate on, and address asthma triggers or trigger-promoting conditions in Lower Shore homes that negatively affect breathing. The program is administered by a TidalHealth community health worker who will conduct a comprehensive home and health assessment to determine what is necessary to create a healthy, safe, energy-efficient home. Households are being referred to the EXHALE team by local health or social service providers or other community members.
TidalHealth says the goal of this program is to address the high rate of uncontrolled asthma and other obstructive lung diseases on the Lower Eastern Shore, as well as to correct those contributing factors like lack of proper healthcare and a primary care provider, and substandard housing. Home upgrades and repairs are provided by Habitat and Chesapeake Housing Mission when needed.
As part of the CDC’s National Asthma Control Program, EXHALE features six strategies to meet the goals to reduce asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency department visits, missed days of work or school, and create healthier, more energy-efficient homes. These strategies include Education, X-tinguishing smoking, Home visits, Achieving connectivity with healthcare providers, Linking people with care, and Environmental best practices to reduce risk in the home.
According to the Maryland Department of Health Environmental Public Health division, Wicomico and Somerset Counties are third and fifth in the state for the rate of asthma emergency room discharges. Worcester County is 10th. In addition, Wicomico and Somerset Counties are consistently ranked as among the least healthy counties in Maryland, and the Lower Shore has a significantly greater proportion of residents at the federal poverty level.
The grant will fund the program through June 2022.