Client(s): Vermont Department of Health
Services: Training & Technical Assistance, Applied Research & Evaluation
Technical Expertise: Chronic Disease Management, Population Health, Primary Care, State and Local Public Health
Vermont has one of the highest prevalence of asthma in the U.S.—11% for adults and 10% for children—and continues to experience asthma disparities and unmet need. Although the burden of asthma is distributed across race, sex, several age groups, and regions in Vermont, a closer look reveals significant disparities. Vermonters with a low socioeconomic status are hardest hit. In 2000, with funding from the CDC’s National Asthma Program, the Vermont Asthma Program (Program) was created to help eliminate disparities caused by asthma and improve the health and quality of life of all Vermonters affected by asthma. The Program uses a public health approach to address asthma through surveillance efforts; education and outreach activities; partnerships and collaborations; policy development and promotion that support asthma control, especially in the school environment; linkages to care implementation; and asthma-related health services and strategies.
The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) contracted with JSI in 2013 to provide evaluation, training, and technical assistance services to the Vermont Asthma Program. JSI has used a collaborative approach to plan for and conduct evaluation of several program strategies and activities, JSI provided a 4-part training series on the fundamentals of program evaluation to VDH staff, and JSI provides ongoing technical assistance to guide program planning and initiatives.