Date of Award

Spring 5-2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Community Health


School of Public Health

First Advisor

Dr. Carlos Reyes-Ortiz


This study was a secondary analysis of the Asthma Management Program at Children’s Medical Center. The evaluation of outcomes of the six month program includes participants enrolled between June 2001 and August 2009 (n= 472). The program consisted of biweekly telephonic education and two home visits. In the bivariate analyses, privately insured children had significant lower means for emergency room visits, unscheduled clinic visits, and missed school days compared to those with public insurance (all p<.05). All four asthma control outcomes improved from baseline to the 6 month followup (all p<.001). In the multivariate longitudinal analyses, private insurance predicted lower number of emergency room consultations (beta 0.022, p<.001) during the program.