Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes (CHICAGO)
In 2012, representatives from the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, Illinois Emergency Department Asthma Surveillance Project, health systems, clinicians, not-for-profit community organizations, and researchers in Chicago participated in the Chicago Emergency Department Asthma Summit to identify opportunities to address the needs of at-risk populations with asthma. Participants in the summit agreed to collaborate in a multi-year Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes (CHICAGO) Plan, with an initial focus on evaluating promising strategies in minority children as they present for care to the ED with uncontrolled asthma.
The CHICAGO Plan was designed to improve the health of children with uncontrolled asthma. It is a research study to compare traditional emergency department care with enhanced care and home-based interventions to learn which produces the best outcomes for children. The CHICAGO Plan spans Chicago’s south and west side neighborhoods, which are the hardest hit by asthma.