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File #: 19-7579   
Type: Grant Applications and Awards
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 10/31/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the acceptance of funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services in an amount not to exceed $215,000.00 for a grant related to expanding access to asthma self-management education in schools, worksites and homes for a term ending August 31, 2020 and authorizing a personnel complement. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager; Jennifer Herriott, MPH, Interim Director, Health]
Attachments: 1. DSHS Asthma Exhale COSA Budget v6 ch clean, 2. Draft Ordinance, 3. Ordinance 2019-10-31-0880

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jennifer Herriott, MPH



Authorizing the acceptance of funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for the EXHALE grant--Education on asthma self-management, eXtinguishing smoking and second hand smoke, Home visits for trigger reduction and asthma self-management, Achievement of guidelines-based medical assessment Linkages and coordination of care across settings, and Environmental policies or best practices to reduce asthma triggers from indoor, outdoor, and occupational sources (EXHALE).


This ordinance authorizes the acceptance of funds upon award in an amount not to exceed $215,000.00 for an initial term of approximately nine months for prevention activities and the delivery of services within the EXHALE grant and authorizes a personnel complement of two (2) full-time positions.

The funds will be used to: 1) work with community partners to expand access to asthma self-management education in schools and worksites; 2) expand delivery of home visits for asthma trigger reduction; 3) work with health systems partners to promote utilization of non-physician team members to identify patients with uncontrolled asthma in emergency departments and other clinical settings and navigate them to medical and self-management support; 4) provide technical assistance to employers to expand coverage of asthma self-management education for employees and their dependents; 5) promote anti-idling and clean diesel bus fleets among area school districts; 6) provide technical assistance to multi-unit housing and housing authorities to adopt tobacco-free policies; and, 7) work with established local tobacco prevention and control partners to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through prevention/cessation education and policy, systems, and environmental change.

Furthermore, this ordinance authorizes the Director of Metro Health to initiate, negoti...

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