CHICAGO Collaboration II



A city-wide collaboration to

asthma care for

high-risk Chica
go children


Your Input is Needed

Do you provide care for a child with asthma, at home or work? The organizations working together on CHICAGO Collaboration II would appreciate your review of strategies and tools that can be used to improve asthma care for children. There are five elements that together create a plan for managing a child's asthma from medical care in a clinic or hospital to care at home and school. These include:

√  Asthma discharge plan (CAPE)

√  Community Health Workers (CHWs)

Fight Asthma Now© (FAN) asthma self-management program

Propeller Health sensor

 Daily medications at school

Click on each element to learn more. Used together in a coordinated way, they make up an Asthma Care Implementation Plan (ACIP) that is intended to reduce missed school days, hospitalization due to asthma, and more for Chicago's high-risk children, aged 5 to 14 years.

We Need to Hear From You

These solutions have been developed with input from a wide range of individuals connected to asthma care for high-risk children living in the West and South sides of Chicago and represent a substantial change in current practices in the care. After collecting feedback from you and others, the ACIP will be finalized and implemented in ways that allow us to monitor effectiveness.

Respiratory Health Association hosted a community meeting on 7/7/16. During this meeting, the CHICAGO Collaboration II leadership team shared findings from the community needs assessment, obtained feedback on the proposed model of asthma care such as Asthma Care Implementation Program (AICP) and began to identify those interested in participating in clinical trial design. View the presentation and notes from this community meeting.

You can help by sharing your thoughts about the overall Plan and specific strategies. Your responses to the questions below can be emailed to

What are the strengths and weaknesses of ACIP 3.0?
What is the potential for impact on asthma health?
What measures or long-term outcomes would you like to see? (for example, reduction in
hospitalizations, cost savings of interventions, reduction in absenteeism, etc.)
How should children at high risk of poor outcomes in asthma be identified within the
What is the plan for integrating interventions into care around the child?

Project Background

Asthma can be controlled and children can lead normal lives with medical care, support, and trigger avoidance. Unfortunately, the impact of asthma remains stubbornly high for urban minority children in the U.S. and Chicago is an epicenter for such asthma health disparities.

Many evidence-based care strategies have been shown to improve asthma control. How to best use these strategies in settings where chlidren live, learn, play, and receive medical care has been uncertain.  Caregivers, asthma advocacy groups, health systems, clinicians, community leaders, schools, local and state public health officials, and healthcare technology innovators have been working over the past two decades to address the problem of uncontrolled asthma among children.

One of the initiatives that has evolved from these partnerships is the Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes (CHICAGO) Plan, a multi-center clinical effectiveness and implementation trial funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This project, the CHICAGO Collaboration II builds on these partnerships and lessons learned in the trial.


To learn more about CHICAGO Collaboration II, 

contact Kate McMahon at or (312) 628-0235.