About the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP)

The Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP) offers free education and care coordination support to families of children in Philadelphia with asthma. The curriculum used is based on You Can Control Asthma©, developed at Georgetown University, and classes are structured so that both caregivers and children can learn simultaneously.

CAPP works in many Philadelphia communities to provide:

  • Free asthma education classes in familiar environments, such as schools, churches, daycare centers and community centers throughout the city
  • Home visits in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties to address the home environment of children with asthma and to provide one-on-one education
  • Asthma resources for professionals, students and school personnel

Classes for caregivers and their children are group-facilitated and led by trained community peer educators. Our goal in using a "train the trainer" model is to leave neighborhoods and communities with lay asthma experts in order to sustain asthma management and prevention efforts.

Additionally CAPP conducts Asthma 101 Workshops for school personnel that cover asthma care management, asthma triggers in the environment and medication.

CAPP measures effectiveness of interventions to improve knowledge acquisition and retention,  self-management behavior changes and home environmental remediation.

Measuring the success of community classes

CAPP has asthma knowledge, asthma control and asthma quality of life is improved in participants who have attended classes and maintained for at least one year.

  • Over 183 class series have been conducted in inner-city Philadelphia, reaching approximately 3,000 participants.
  • Participant knowledge acquisition is measured by pre- and post-testing. Self-management skills are also measured.

CAPP partners

The Community Asthma Prevention Program works with a collaborative of partners who represent a wide variety of organizations.

Organizations in the CAPP Collaborative include:

  • American Lung Association
  • City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
  • Habitat for Humanity/Philadelphia
  • Health Federation of Philadelphia
  • Health Partners
  • National Nursing Centers Consortium
  • Philadelphia Allies Against Asthma
  • Philadelphia Health Management Corporation
  • School District of the City of Philadelphia
  • Education Plus Health Inc.
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Christ Haven Church
  • Keystone First
  • Aetna Better Health
  • United Healthcare
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority
  • Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management
  • Healthy Homes, Region III North
  • U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Energy Coordinating Agency
  • Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc /Woodland Avenue Health Center
  • Rebuilding Together Philadelphia

CAPP grants, awards and support

Currently funded grants

Pennsylvania Department of Health (PaDOH) Home Visitor Program

The purpose of the Home Visitor Program is to improve asthma related health outcomes in children aged 2-16, through asthma education in the home, home environment assessments and remediation to remove common asthma triggers. Success is measured by sustained remediation in child’s bedroom after one year.
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Using Information Technology to Improve Access, Communication and Asthma in African American and Hispanic/Latino Adults

This study is a randomized control trial collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. The purpose is of the study is to determine whether the trained use of a patient portal with or without home visits by a community health worker has an effect on health outcomes in adults with moderate to severe asthma from low income neighborhoods.

West Philadelphia Asthma Care Collaborative

Asthma evidence-based interventions have been shown to improve health outcomes but are often implemented as individual interventions rather than in an integrated, comprehensive approach which would support and promote sustainability. With this grant we completed a community needs assessment of West Philadelphia and engaged community, health, education and home stakeholders to design a pragmatic sustainable asthma care implementation program for children ages 6-12, living in West Philadelphia for a NIH funded Asthma Empowerment Collaborations to Reduce Childhood Asthma Disparities (UO1) grant application.


CAPP classes and home visits are currently supported by grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Health as well as direct reimbursement from health plans.

Philadelphia Asthma Disparities Summit

For almost 20 years, the Community Asthma Prevention Program has focused on fighting disparities in asthma through strong community ties, high performing-collaborations and partnerships, community health workers, integration of health care services and tailored environmental interventions to increase the effectiveness of care for people with asthma.

The Fighting Asthma Disparities Summit was designed to bring together doctors, nurses, regional and local public health officials, social workers, caregivers, community health workers and members of the community to increase awareness, provide education and encourage advocacy. The 8th Annual Fighting Asthma Disparities Summit was held on September 20th, 2016 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This year, the focus was on social determinants of health, which as defined by the CDC are “are factors in the social environment that contribute to or detract from the health of individuals and communities.”

The Fighting Asthma Disparities Summit was sponsored by the Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP), Pennsylvania Department of Health and Keystone First Health Plans.

Asthma Prevention Primary Care Physician Education

CAPP staff is available to provider provider and nurse education as well as facilitate quality improvement  projects within the office to improve asthma management.

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