The Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition (PVAC) is  a coalition convened by the Public Health Institute of Western MA consisting of health professionals and institutions, community groups and residents, public health organizations, municipal and state agencies, academic institutions, schools, day care, housing and environmental groups committed to improving asthma and environmental conditions that affect health in Western Massachusetts.  Its mission is to improve the quality of life for families, individuals, and communities affected by asthma in the Pioneer Valley.  

Our Steering Committee which includes representatives from health care, academics, and community groups provides leadership on advocacy and programming.

750,000 Grant to Address Asthma

Springfield Healthy Home Asthma Program will expand to serve 150 families in Springfield.

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) as part of their SHIFT-Care Challenge has awarded Baystate Health Care Alliance/BeHealthy Partnership ACO a $750,000 grant to expand the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program designed to improve the health and quality of life for people with asthma. The HPC’s SHIFT-Care Challenge grant opportunity is designed to foster innovative care delivery models in Massachusetts that shift the unnecessary delivery of care of complex patients from acute care hospitals to more economical, patient-centered, community-based settings.

In the first collaboration of its kind in Massachusetts, two Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – BeHealthy Partnership and MercyHealth ACO – will join together with community organizations from the greater Springfield area to refer patients for the Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Program’s home education and remediation service.

The intervention includes 3-4 home visits for asthma management education and support, distribution of supplies as well as home assessment and repair services for any asthma triggers that are identified.  Our partners include:

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Projects

  • Springfield Healthy Homes Collaborative includes over 30 housing and health care organizations working to coordinate services to improve housing and health.
  • Springfield Healthy Homes Asthma Pilot includes Revitalize CDC, Square One, Baystate Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Springfield Partners for Community Action and the City of Springfield Office of Housing in a pilot of  Pay for Success Asthma home education and repair intervention
  • Springfield Climate Action & Resilience Planning working with Pioneer Valley Planning Commission,  Arise for Social Justice, City of Springfield departments, residents and other stakeholder to implement the  new Strong, Healthy & Just: Springfield Climate Action & Resilience Plan
  • Hampden County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program works to educate residents, contractors and provides as well as to support children with elevated blood lead levels.
  • Healthy Holyoke Asthma Workgroup is an innovative community-clinical linkage that includes asthma home visiting as well as efforts to improve asthma management and indoor air quality in Holyoke Public Schools

  For more information, please visit Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition.