Healthy Hoops is an innovative asthma and obesity management program that uses basketball as a platform to teach children with asthma and their families how to manage asthma through proper nutrition, exercise and appropriate medication use. It also focuses on decreasing childhood obesity and increasing cardiovascular activity.
The program features basketball clinics for children taught by local and regional basketball legends. The program also includes hands-on asthma education for children and parents, weight managements, asthma and various other health screenings, and nutrition information. Healthy Hoops presents educational seminars in several states for school and congregational nurses, coaches and physical education teachers, parents, child care providers, and community-based organizations.
Healthy Hoops is a national program currently provided by the Partnership in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia and Indiana. It was created in 2003 by Keystone First in collaboration with local health organizations (the American Lung Association, the Health Federation, Allies Against Asthma, Asthma Educators, Devmar Home Health Agency) and basketball coaches to reduce the gaps in health care for children with asthma due to racial disparities. Asthma is the most common chronic disease among American children. Since 2003, thousands of children and their family members have participated in Healthy Hoops programs nationally.
Healthy Hoops uses a holistic approach to improving the quality of life and health care by:
The individualized care not only enhances disease management and health outcomes, but also improves the quality of life, helping children live, healthy and happier lives.
Black Enterprise's Our World featured a Slice of Life segment with Partnership President, Maria Pajil Battle on our award winning Healthy Hoops program. Click here to watch.
The Asthma Centers of Excellence (ACE) are the result of partnerships between the Partnership and Philadelphia area Federally Qualified Health Care Centers.
The objective of this collaboration is to improve the health status of low-income, minority populations who suffer from acute or chronic asthma by providing clinical and preventive interventions. The establishment of Asthma Centers of Excellence at local FQHCs provides neighborhood-based, culturally competent locations for health education, monitoring and treatment of individuals with asthma via a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) working in a fully equipped ACE office.
AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership raises funds to establish ACE offices, including the purchase of supplies, monitoring devises and equipment needed to monitor improvements in the health and well-being of patients. AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership also contributes to the salary of the CRNP.
The Partnership is committed to funding community health initiatives that improve the health status of vulnerable populations.