Health Plan Strategies For Managing Asthma And Reducing Exposure To Environmental Triggers – Key Findings From AHIP’s 2015 Asthma Assessment

Presented by America’s Health Insurance Plans
March 17, 2016 || 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

More than 25 million Americans are diagnosed each year with asthma, including nearly 7 million children. Health plans have a long history of helping individuals manage asthma through comprehensive asthma management programs and consider a variety of factors when developing and implementing services. In this webinar, we will present and discuss key findings from our 2015 asthma management assessment.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • Key health plan strategies for managing asthma and reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers.
  • The health plan perspective on environmental asthma management services, including benefits and challenges of implementing home-based asthma management services.
  • Opportunities and resources available to health plans interested in exploring home-based environmental asthma management services.


Natalie M. Slaughter, MSPPM, Senior Policy Analyst, AHIP
Ms. Slaughter has more than ten years of experience in health policy analysis, program development, health care integration and health resources and community planning. As a senior health research analyst within AHIP’s Clinical Affairs department, Natalie coordinates projects with member health insurance plans on complex population health and policy issues including, but not limited to, asthma management, diabetes prevention, behavioral health integration, vaccines and immunizations and, mental health parity. Currently, Ms. Slaughter directs AHIP’s multi-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to identify and disseminate health plan strategies for managing asthma and reducing exposure to environmental asthma triggers. She also co-directs a five year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) in worksites and communities among Medicaid and Commercial health plans in multiple states.

Nicole Brainard, PhD, MPH, Deputy Director, Survey and Qualitative Research, AHIP
Dr. Brainard is a trained behavioral scientist with eight years of experience in public health, focusing on access to care, provider capacity, intervention development and implementation, and cancer survivorship. As part of AHIP’s Center for Policy and Research, she is responsible for measurement development and qualitative studies supporting key areas of interest for member health insurance plans. Currently, Dr. Brainard works in collaboration with Ms. Slaughter to oversee research and data analysis for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cooperative agreement on environmental asthma management. Dr. Brainard also performs research in the areas of price transparency, alternative payment and delivery models, oncology payment reform, and Medicaid managed care.

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