Vermont Asthma Evaluation

Dates: 2011-2012

State: Vermont

Client(s): Vermont Department of Health

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: State and Local Public Health

Asthma is a serious chronic respiratory illness that affects both children and adults. In Vermont, about 10%, or 47,000, adults currently have asthma and about 8%, or 11,000, children currently have asthma. Vermont has been making strides in reducing the number of asthma hospitalizations among children younger than 18.

In 2009, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) Asthma Program received a new five-year grant award from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) requiring the program to conduct evaluation activities, including the development of a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, and implementation of evaluation plans for specific program initiatives.

The VDH contracted JSI to conduct these evaluation activities, which closely aligned with the program's State Asthma Prevention Plan. The evaluation included a comprehensive literature review, both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, meetings with stakeholders, and development of interim and final reports.