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Practice Management Webinar - EXHALE Technical Package to Asthma Control

  • Fri, May 14, 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM (UTC-04:00)
  • Webinar

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Practice Management Webinar

Topic: EXHALE Technical Package to Asthma Control

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The CDC EXHALE technical package represents a group of strategies which are based on the best available evidence, to improve asthma control and reduce healthcare costs. Each EXHALE strategy can reduce asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency department (ED) visits, and missed days of work or school. Strategies are complementary and are ideally used in combination in a multi-level, multi-sector approach to reduce the burden of asthma.

Our panel of experts broke down the 6 EXHALE strategies and lead a participant Q & A session.
  • Education on asthma self-management;
  • eXtinguishing smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke;
  • Home visits for trigger reduction and asthma self-management education (AS-ME);
  • Achievement of guidelines-based medical management;
  • Linkages and coordination of care; and
  • Environmental policies or best practices to reduce indoor and outdoor asthma triggers.

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Matt Siemer is the Executive Director of Mobile Care Chicago. For 20 years, Mobile Care has used Asthma Vans to provide allergy and asthma care to over 13,000 children at no cost. Through partnerships with local schools, the organization also surveys 15,000 children annually, attempting to identify children who have asthma but lack a diagnosis. For asthma patients who stay with their Asthma Van for one year or more, 95% will never go back to an ER for asthma.


Laura Shreffler is a pediatric nurse working at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s hospital for 27 years. Laura is a certified Asthma educator, with 13 years of experience coordinating the inpatient asthma program using an integrated care model. She oversees patient/family asthma education, asthma research, and clinician education. She has been instrumental in the development of an Asthma Clinical Care Guideline and with creating a pediatric asthma bronchodilator weaning tool, Lurie Children s Asthma Score (LCAS).

Anna Volerman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Chicago Medicine. She is a primary care physician for both children and adults, as well as an advocate for children and families in both the clinic and community settings. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine / Pediatrics residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Boston Children’s Hospital.


Kim Jay is a Sr. CHW Consultant and Trainer and has been with Sinai Urban Health Institute since 2012. She assists with the implementation of CROWD’s training contracts including content development, logistics, facilitation, communication with clients, and quality assurance. Kim supports and works collaboratively with the training development team and other staff to deliver high quality training that is effective, engaging, and participatory within the scope of assignment.

Rhonda Lay has been with Sinai Urban Health Institute for 12 years as a Community Health Educator III and CROWD trainer that trains future and present CHWs. Prior to coming to Sinai, Rhonda was a registered respiratory care practitioner that taught asthma and COPD management, acute and chronic. Rhonda’s goals have always been to increase the quality of life in those she served.

Jill Heins Nesvold serves as National Director of Lung Health for the American Lung Association. She is passionate about ensuring people with lung disease get quality care and education.

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