Project Name: Healthy Homes Healthy Kids

Project Overview: St. John’s Well Child and Family Center (St. John’s) provides a comprehensive medical home for more than 72,000 patients in South Los Angeles, including approximately 2,500 children with asthma. The burden of asthma and other diseases is exacerbated by social determinants including substandard housing, and falls disproportionately on the area’s low-income and minority children. The Healthy Homes Healthy Kids project (HHHK) will address housing-related asthma triggers, integrating in-home outreach by community health workers and comprehensive case management with team-based primary care. St. John’s will partner with Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE), a community-based organization focused on tenant rights, healthy housing, and equitable development, to address housing problems and engage with landlords and city agencies in order to improve housing conditions. The project will be launched at the health center’s Frayser site, which cares for approximately 550 asthmatic children.

The goal of the Healthy Homes Healthy Kids project is to improve health outcomes, and advance health equity, by intentionally addressing the housing environments that contribute to asthma exacerbations, through direct remediation and housing advocacy.

Key Project objectives are to:

  • Enhance comprehensive services for asthma care management to include CHW-delivered in-home education, prevention and case management;
  • Identify and ameliorate housing-related asthma hazards such as mold, lead paint chips, dust mites, leaky pipes, rodents, and other asthma triggers from the homes of children with persistent asthma;
  • Integrate community health workers into the patient care team to help eliminate barriers to asthma self-management;
  • Improve asthma control and increase caregiver knowledge to reduce excessive asthma-related emergency room visits and hospitalizations; and
  • Promote tenants’ rights and advance improved housing conditions necessary to improve asthma control and sustain health through effective community collaboration
    • 2017-2018 Project Activities:
    • 2017-2018 Project Outcomes
      • The Frayser site served 1,526 children with an asthma diagnosis, providing 2,729 asthma care visits;
      • 100 families were enrolled in the full scope of program services, consisting of in-home asthma education, assessment and remediation of home-based environmental triggers, intensive case management and clinic visits;
      • 77 families completed a three-month assessment, while 65 families participated in the program for six months;
      • Of those who completed the 6 month program, there was an average decrease of 60% in ER Visits, 75% decrease in hospitalizations, and 95% increase in caregiver knowledge as measured by the Core Caregiver Survey and Home Environment Checklist; and;
      • All families were informed of direct services available through SAJE. Approximately 60 engaged with SAJE at some point in the program, and 50 participated in SAJE’s legal clinics and services.
    • 2018-2019 Expected Project Activities
      • Continuing intensive, home-based asthma case management program to complement clinic-based services;
      • Refining and standardizing protocols for referral to case management services to focus CHW intervention on the highest-risk/need patients;
      • Streamlining and improving data collection to capture data complexity, generate structured data for analysis and make information more readily accessible to all members of the care team; and
      • Advocating for long-term financial sustainability of services through participation in regional and state-wide coalitions to obtain Medicaid reimbursement of home-based CHW care management services.

Project Partners: Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center

About the Grantee

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center is an independent 501 (c) (3) community health center serving patients of all ages through a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers and school-based clinics that span the breadth of Central and South Los Angeles and Compton. St. John’s seeks to eliminate health disparities and foster well-being by providing and promoting the highest quality of care in South Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.wellchild.org.