Collaboration Between Oregon’s Chronic Disease Programs and Medicaid to Decrease Smoking Among Medicaid-Insured Oregonians With Asthma
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Collaboration Between Oregon’s Chronic Disease Programs and Medicaid to Decrease Smoking Among Medicaid-Insured Oregonians With Asthma

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    Environmental tobacco smoke is a leading environmental asthma trigger and has been linked to the development of asthma in children and adults. Smoking cessation and reduced exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke are key components of asthma management. We describe a partnership involving two state agencies and 14 health plans; the goal of the partnership was to decrease smoking and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke among Medicaid-insured Oregonians with asthma.


    Oregon's asthma rate is higher than that of the national population, and approximately one third of Oregonians with asthma smoke. The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Program (HPCDP) in the Oregon Department of Human Services has collaborated with the Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP) to promote preventive care at the population level.


    Two HPCDP programs — the Oregon Asthma Program and the Oregon Tobacco Prevention and Education Program — worked with OMAP to launch the statewide Asthma–Tobacco Integration Project in 2003. A primary focus of the project is the development of partnerships among health plans, health care providers, and large health care organizations to integrate asthma management and smoking control through systems innovations and provider education. OMAP and its participating health plans also decided to focus cessation efforts on its members with chronic diseases. In addition, HPCDP has collaborated with OMAP to distribute educational tools and information about tobacco's impact on asthma morbidity to Oregon's health care providers who serve low-income Oregonians.


    The partnership between OMAP and HPCDP program staff members has allowed them to discuss problems, leverage resources, and obtain support for many public health initiatives. In addition, OMAP–HPCDP collaboration on educational workshops and outreach to health care providers has helped convince quality improvement specialists and administrators about the importance of addressing smoking among patients with asthma. The Asthma–Tobacco Integration Project has also led to formative research aimed at increasing community involvement in promoting tobacco-free environments.


    Collaboration between HPCDP and OMAP has been an important factor in Oregon's successful smoking cessation efforts in general and in recent efforts to address tobacco use among Oregonians with asthma.

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