Here is an update on what the AIR Louisville team has accomplished as well as what we have planned for 2016.
Our focus was awareness and enrollment during the first year of our community asthma program. I recently counted up all the work we did around awareness and came up with these stats:
- 35 meetings with potential partners
- 24 events, ranging from the Downtown Rotary Club to a Semple Elementary Family event to Humana’s Bold Moves Town Hall
- 1 Google Hangout with Dr. Jim Sublett from Family Allergy and Asthma, Mike Tringale from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Christine Vaughan who is patient in the program, and Dr. Meredith Barrett Vice President of Science and Research at Propeller Health, and Veronica Combs Director of Community Engagement, AIR Louisville
- 36 mentions in the press, including The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour Weekend, The Courier-Journal and MobiHealthNews
- 23 blog posts
- 1,013 likes on the AIR Louisville Facebook page
Plans for 2016
The best news I have to share is from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In November, I looked at the list of current partners and potential partners. To enroll all the companies and organizations that wanted to join our community asthma program, we needed more time.
I went back to our funder and proposed an extension and a slightly larger budget. The Foundation said yes. Now AIR Louisville enrollment will continue through March 2016 and we'll have until June 2017 to complete our tracking and analysis.
I want to thank Paul Tarini and Oktawia Wojcik for considering this request and working to get approval for it. The Foundation has been a wonderful partner throughout this program, providing all the support we have needed to make it a success.
In February, we will be sharing some early data and analysis from our work. The AIR Louisville team will be meeting with Mayor Fischer, public health officials, and many of our partners. Our first advisory board meeting will be in March - email me if you'd like to join that group. We'll also be hosting a public event in March. This will be a chance for people participating in the asthma program to connect with each other and with the AIR Louisville team.