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Sarah Goff received a $3 million grant to Study the Impact of ACOs on Asthma Care for Children

Dr. Sarah Goff (FRS 2019-20), associate professor of Health Promotion and Policy, has received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of accountable care organizations (ACOs) on asthma care for children insured by Medicaid. Goff notes that asthma is the most common chronic disease of childhood, causing more preventable hospitalizations and lost school days than any other childhood illness. Children in lower-income, urban, Black and Latinx populations are more likely to have asthma, as well as poorly controlled disease, which puts them at risk for long-term poor health. The newly funded study is the first to address this “critical gap in knowledge,” and it may have implications for other states considering the ACO model for their Medicaid programs. Read more about Dr. Goff's grant and research here