CHICAGO II Executive Summary

CHICAGO II logo 2Asthma can be controlled and children can lead normal lives with appropriate medical care, caregiver support, and trigger avoidance. Unfortunately, morbidity from asthma remains stubbornly high for urban minority children in the U.S. Chicago is an epicenter for such asthma health disparities, with African-American children bearing a disproportionate share of the burden.

Many evidence-based care strategies have demonstrated the ability to improve asthma control, but uncertainty remains about how best to implement and sustain these strategies in settings where children live, learn, play, and receive medical care. Over the past two decades, partnerships have developed between caregivers, asthma advocacy groups, health systems, clinicians, community leaders, schools, local and state public health officials, healthcare technology innovators to address the problem of uncontrolled asthma among children.

Multiple initiatives have evolved from these partnerships, including the Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes (CHICAGO) Trial, a multi-center clinical effectiveness and implementation trial funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI; The Coordinated Healthcare Interventions for Childhood Asthma Gaps in Outcomes (CHICAGO) Collaboration II (CHICAGO Collaboration II) builds on these partnerships and lessons learned in the CHICAGO Trial.

The CHICAGO Collaboration II has four objectives:

  1. Engage a diverse group of stakeholders to align activities with the needs of communities disproportionately affected by asthma.
  2. Conduct a community-based needs assessment (CNA) to identify resources, gaps in resources, and specific barriers to implementing evidence-based care.
  3. Update and finalize an Asthma Care Implementation Program (ACIP) for children across the following sectors: medical care, family, home and community.
  4. Update and finalize the design of a clinical trial to evaluate the four-sector CHICAGO Collaboration II ACIP.

To learn more about how these objectives are being achieved, go to Chicago II Project Process or visit the Chicago II Project Team page to learn who is involved in the effort.