Asthma Program

Montana Asthma Program

Montana Asthma Project

Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.

Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you work with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.

In Montana about 17,000 children (9.7%) are estimated to live with asthma and 1 in 3 of those children are estimated to have uncontrolled asthma. Uncontrolled asthma leads to an increase in missed days of the child from school or daycare, increase of hospitalizations, Emergency Room or Urgent Care visits, and an increase in parent’s missed days from work due to their child’s asthma

 

The Montana Asthma Program (MAP) provides free services to help children and their families learn how to better manage asthma in their daily lives. Call us for more info 406-751-8110

Goals

To help children and their families learn how to better manage asthma in their daily lives by:

  • Filling in the education gaps
  • Teaching the child to use their medications and inhalers properly
  • Assessing for triggers and allergens in the home and reducing them

 

Controlling asthma results in:

  • Decreased missed days from school
  • Decreased hospitalizations, Emergency Room visits, and Urgent Care visits
  • Decreased parent work days missed

 

Eligibility:

  • Reside (live) in Flathead County
  • Age 17 or younger
  • Have had at least 1 hospitalization, Emergency Room, or urgent Care visit in the last 12 months, OR
  • Have an Asthma Control Test score of less than 20

An Asthma Control Test (ACT) is a test of 5-7 questions, usually done in the Pediatrician’s or HealthCare Provider’s office, that shows how asthma has been affecting the child’s daily activities over the previous 4 weeks.

 

MAP provides:

  • 6 Home Visit contacts over the course of a year with a Registered Nurse
  • Education about asthma and proper use of asthma medications
  • Home Assessment for environmental triggers and allergens, and ways to reduce them
  • Asthma friendly mattress and pillow covers for the child’s bed
  • HEPA grade air filter, if needed

 

Asthma triggers can be:

  • Animals (pets/rodents/pests)
  • Mold
  • Cigarette smoke (secon hand smoke)
  • Wood smoke
  • VOC’s- Volatile Organic Compounds (household chemicals)
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Exercise
  • Cold air
  • Air pollutants
  • Respiratory infections
  • Stress or strong emotions such as laughing or crying

 

Community Health Services Contact Info

1035 1st Ave West
Kalispell, MT 59901 – 1st Floor

406-751-8110 main line
406-751-8111 fax

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