Northern California Breathmobile Program

Overview

Asthma is the number one chronic cause of school absenteeism and the third leading cause of emergency hospitalization among children each year. Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prescott-Joseph Center owns and operates the Northern CA Breathmobile® Program, a sustainable, accessible, community-wide asthma management program that shifts acute episodic cases to regular preventative care in accordance with national standards. This mobile Asthma Clinic is staffed by a combined team of in-house and per diem medical specialists ranging from licensed respiratory therapists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors serving pre-school and K-12 school aged children with asthma every 4-6 weeks at no-charge to the patient. The program provides a full service asthma evaluation, treatment and education for asthma. Every patient leaves with an asthma action plan that is shared with teachers and caregivers; medication, or means to obtain medication. Patients are also referred to Health Homes project where an outreach worker goes out and inspects home(s) for asthma triggers and toxic products. Prescott-Joseph también ofrece servicios en español.

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The program has expanded beyond West Oakland to include schools in the communities of Oakland, West Contra Costa County, Richmond, San Pablo, Bay View Hunters Point in San Francisco, along with school and Head Start sites in Alameda County: Emeryville, San Leandro, Berkeley, Hayward, San Lorenzo and the City of Alameda. While there is no cure for asthma, the disease can be effectively managed so that asthma patients can lead productive lives. The Breathmobile is one important solution for addressing childhood asthma. In the first three years of operations a staggering reduction of Emergency Room visits and school absenteeism has been achieved; saving public healthcare dollars and money for schools.

BREATHMOBILE BY THE NUMBERS

Breathmobile Outcomes (3 Years: September 2009 through July 2012)
Reduction in Patient ER Visits, Hospitalizations and School Absenteeism
Total Patients Seen (Total Encounters) 283 (984)
Total Emergency Room (ER) Visits Reduction from 247 to 11
Total Hospitalizations Reduction from 92 to 4
Total School Absenteeism (Days Missed) Reduction from 613 to 38
Estimated Healthcare Dollars Saved in 3 years = $1,400,000.00

2014-2015 School Year Outcomes:

The primary outcomes for the Northern California Breathmobile® are reductions in asthma related emergency room visits, hospitalizaions and school absences. From the 2012 – 2013 school year, the Breathmobile® saw 205 patients and reduced their collective school absences from 322 to 27, emergency room visits from 120 to 6 and hopitalizations from 114 to 0. Estimated health care dollars saved = $2,005,325.00.

Currently, the Northern California Breathmobile® serves 17 sites located in 9 cities residing in 3 Bay Area Counties. They include:

ALAMEDA COUNTY:


West Oakland (Oakland Unified School District)
  • • PLACE @ Prescott Elementary
  • • Lafayette Elementary
  • • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
  • • West Oakland Middle School

San Leandro (San Leandro Unified School District)
  • • Woodrow Wilson Elementary
  • • John Muir Middle School

Emeryville (Emery Unified School District)

Berkeley (Berkeley Unified School District)
  • • Malcolm X Elementary
  • • King Child Development Center
  • • Rosa Parks Elementary School

San Lorenzo (San Lorenzo Unified School District)

Alameda (The Breathmobile has a partnership with Alameda Head Start/Early Head Start. It serves the children in the Head Start program as well as other families at the following sites):
  • • Boys & Girls Club of Alameda
  • • Alameda Point Collaborative

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY:


West Contra Costa Unified School District:
  • • Grant Elementary in Richmond
  • • Helms Middle School in San Pablo

North Richmond
  • • The Verde Elementary School and Head Start Center

  • SAN FRANCISCO CITY & COUNTY (San Francisco Unified School District)



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