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Spring, 2011

NACI Breaking News

Spring Launch Anticipated for NACI Clinical Champions Program

Everyone counts in the effort to improve asthma care and control.

However, health care providers are on the front lines because of their direct contact with patients and patients’ families.

That’s why the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)’s National Asthma Control Initiative (NACI) recently issued a call-to-action to organizations already engaged in its two core programs—Demonstration Projects and Strategic Partners (including both funded and non-funded partners)—encouraging them to submit proposals for how to extend their program’s reach and improve upon the science-based approaches that they have been implementing. The NAEPP is coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Awardees will form the basis of the new NACI Asthma Clinical Champions Program and will work to increase the adoption of proven approaches that will improve asthma outcomes.

NACI Partners ConferenceSeptember, 2010 conference of NACI Strategic Partners and Demonstration Projects

In 2009, 23 Demonstration Projects and Strategic Partners received 2-year contracts—totaling $1.3 million—to develop and test strategies to increase awareness and use of recommendations from the Expert Panel Report 3–Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3) and its companion Guidelines Implementation Panel (GIP) Report

You may be wondering: why the slow uptake of these guidelines and the six priority messages of the GIP Report by a number of health care providers, since the guidelines are not new? 

There are any number of reasons why some health care providers aren’t following the guidelines or six GIP messages:

  • Insufficient awareness of the latest guidelines and the GIP messages
  • Resistance to prescribing anti-inflammatory therapy
  • Lack of decision-support tools
  • Lack of culturally appropriate patient-education materials that speak to diverse audiences in their language, and at their educational level
  • Poor communication skills
  • Inadequate performance incentives

The NACI Asthma Clinical Champions Program is being launched as another important step to help address such issues. Its overall goals will be to:

  • Increase uptake of the six GIP messages among primary care providers.
  • Through the use of a network of informed and respected health care providers:
    • Stimulate provider adoption and health systems integration and implementation of the six GIP messages in practices.
    • Stimulate changes in practice behaviors of providers, clinical practices, and communities.

The NACI will support this select group of Champions by developing tools and materials to assist with message dissemination and by providing other technical assistance.

Stay tuned for an announcement of the award recipients, later this spring.

Next: GIP in Focus

Last Updated April 2011

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