Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo
Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc. has comprehensive asthma services for all patients. We aim to use the best practices in asthma assessment and long-term treatment, asthma education and care coordination (also known as case-management). The clinic provides the comprehensive asthma services with an asthma care team that includes family physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, medical assistants, nursing supervisors, asthma educators, multi-function clerks (and community health workers, also known as promotores, by referral.) Visit www.cdsdp.org for clinic locations.
The clinic aims to use a chronic care model for the management of asthma in its patient population. Four key features of a chronic care model are:
1.Having a caring and comprehensive healthcare system
2.Having an electronic health record that helps the clinic team provide the best care
3.Having easy to understand and motivating materials and staff that help patients make the best decisions about their care
4.Working with others that can help patients control their asthma at home, school and in the community.
Clinicas has adopted clear policies that acknowledge that clinicians follow national asthma care and treatment guidelines. We have redesigned our workflow for asthma assessment and treatment. The workflow during the asthma care visit is modified to include more time for asthma education. Health information technology changes are made to record the referrals to new team members and document the results of this work in the electronic health record system. Other health information technology includes the adoption of asthma care templates that help tailor care to each individual patient’s needs. These templates are important decision supports that help clinicians assess and record a patient’s asthma severity and level of control and make decisions for the patient’s care that truly build on each patient’s asthma control while following national guidelines. Clinicians are reminded by the EHR asthma template of what educational messages or counseling the patient/family may need to hear, what course of treatment may be most appropriate for the patient, and what behaviors and recommendations should be included in a patient/family’s management plan. Posters to help educate patients on asthma control are placed in clinic exam rooms and handouts are given to patients that complement those used in the home, school or community settings. These act as additional decision supports for clinicians, asthma educators, and patients in the health care setting.
For more information or questions, please contact:
Leticia Ibarra, Director of Programs
Mary Ramirez, Respira Sano Clinic Site Coordinator/Asthma Educator
Elva King, Respira Sano Asthma Educator
Lorena Cazares, Respira Sano Administrative Assistant
Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc.
1166 K Street
Brawley, CA 92227
(760) 344-9951, ext. 10126 or 10155