The Montana Asthma Home Visiting Program (MAP) is a multi-component, home based intervention for asthma. MAP services are provided to children ages 0-17 living in Missoula or Granite Counties diagnosed with asthma. Our Public Health Nurse Asthma Specialist will work one-on-one with your child and family to:

  • Improve asthma control and asthma-related quality of life.
  • Increase knowledge of how to manage asthma symptoms, including prescribed medication management.
  • Complete an environmental assessment to help reduce and/or eliminate identified asthma triggers.

All children enrolled in the program receive an asthma/allergy mattress and pillow covers to help reduce nighttime symptoms and eligible children receive an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Your home visiting nurse will work with your child's regular doctor to establish an asthma action plan and adjust his/her asthma medications as necessary. All services and products are free of charge, regardless of income or insurance.

Eligibility criteria

Children living in Missoula or Granite Counties diagnosed with asthma and experiencing any of the following symptoms in the past year:

  • Day-time asthma symptoms more than twice a week
  • Night-time coughing more than twice a month
  • Activity limitations due to asthma
  • Unscheduled medical office or Emergency Department visit for asthma

Controlling Asthma

Asthma is one of the most common childhood illnesses. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 7.1 million children have asthma. This means that about 1 in 10 children in Missoula County have asthma! It is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism and can cause physical, emotional, and financial burdens if not well controlled. Knowing what asthma is, how it affects the body, and ways to help control it are key to a child’s optimum health

Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Effective ways to help make sure your child’s asthma is managed well include:

  • Keeping track of what may be triggering your child’s asthma to pinpoint ways to reduce or eliminate exposure to those triggers.
  • Following up regularly with your child’s Health Care Provider to find medication and therapies that work well to help control symptoms and also develop an asthma action plan. This is a set of instructions that help you and your child better manage asthma at home.
  • Educating yourself about asthma and its management to help understand how it may be affecting your child.

This can insure that you child will maintain optimum health!

What is asthma

Asthma causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed which in turn make them very sensitive. Along with inflammation, the cells in the airways produce extra thick mucous and the muscles around these airways tighten. Together, these events cause the airways to become narrowed and result in symptoms such as wheezing, feeling short of breath, coughing, or chest tightness. Narrowed airways cause less airflow through the lungs and therefore less oxygen to your whole body.

There may be extended periods of time that your child is feeling well but it is important for your child to maintain asthma therapies as prescribed and also monitor for asthma triggers.

 

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Asthma triggers

Triggers are anything that causes an allergic reaction and asthma symptoms. Triggers may include anything that your child may be allergic to, irritants or physical situations.  It is important to remember that not every child with asthma has the same triggers. 

Allergens:
  • furry or feathered animals
  • dust mites
  • cockroaches
  • mold
  • pollen from trees, grasses or weeds
Irritants:
  • wood smoke
  • cigarette smoke
  • strong odors from perfumes
  • paints
  • coal
  • gas
  • cleaning products
Physical conditions:
  • illness
  • change in weather
  • physical activity
  • strong emotions 

To schedule a home visit

For further information about MAP services, asthma resources, or to schedule a home visit contact:

Karyn Johnston, RN, BSN, PHN
Public Health Nurse Asthma Specialist
at
Missoula City-County Health Department
406-258-4290
kjohnston@missoulacounty.us

 

Healthcare provider confidential referral form

Resources

Montana Asthma Control Program (MACP) - information and resources about MAP and asthma in Montana

Today’s Air - to see what Missoula’s air quality is today

American Academy of Asthma and Immunology - the most recent pollen counts

Work with your Child’s Primary Care Provider to create an asthma action plan

Montana authorization form to possess anaphylaxis medication