The Missoula City-County Health Department is getting more money for their asthma home visit program.
The Department of Public Health and Human Services will continue to help fund the Montana Asthma Project (MAP), part of which is a home visit program that provides asthma education.
It’s designed to help parents and their kids control the chronic disease, by looking at the medications they take, identifying asthma triggers, and providing continued education.
Organizers say it's an important program that's already reached out to dozens of families in the Missoula area.
“There's that component of education that's very important, just so you understand what's going on with your body and how to manage it and how to take care of it.” said Public Health Nurse Josy Jahnke “Although it is a chronic condition it can be controlled.”
MAP launched in June 2011, as a free resource for children and families, regardless of income. The renewed funding from the Department of Health and Human Services will make it possible to continue the education through August 2013.
So far, the programs served over 30 families.
For more information on MAP click here.