SCHOOLED IN ASTHMA

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About the Project | Tools | Chapter Participants | Resources & Related Links

About the Project

From 2001-2006, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) received funding through a 5-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) for the Schooled in Asthma project. Schooled in Asthma included the development, implementation, and evaluation of a training program that encouraged pediatricians to incorporate school health concepts with current asthma treatment guidelines. In part, it encouraged the use of Asthma Management Plans as well as increased communication between school personnel and pediatricians. The program also encouraged the participation of pediatricians in chapter level projects surrounding school health and asthma issues. For more information about project goals, objectives, and expected outcomes, please click on the links below:


Tools

Various tools and forms were created to obtain an accurate asthma history based on symptoms both at home and school, facilitate communication between school personnel and pediatricians, and provide the patient, parent, and school information about a child's medication program, and guidance as to what to do for when the child's asthma worsens.


Chapter Participants

In addition to individual practice changes, pediatricians participated in chapter-initiated efforts to increase awareness of coordinated school health and asthma initiatives. Chapter Participants included:

See Overview of all six chapters


Resources & Related Links

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI) - AAAAI is a membership organization of more than 6,600 allergist / immunologists and related professionals with advanced training and experience dedicated to allergy, asthma, immune deficiencies and other immunologic diseases. AAAI provides ASTHMA IQ a web-based clinical decision support tool designed to help allergist / immunologists, other asthma specialists and primary care physicians learn about the EPR-3 asthma guidelines and deliver high quality, evidence-based care to their patients with asthma.

American Academy of Family Physicians - Published an article on developing and communicating a long-term treatment plan for asthma.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
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The AASA provides resources to support school system leaders in reducing the burden of childhood asthma in school districts.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) - ACAAI s a professional association of more than 5,000 allergists/immunologists and allied health professionals that strives to promote excellence in the practice of the subspecialty of allergy and immunology. Provides information and news service for patients, parents of patients, purchasers of group health care programs, and the news media.

American Lung Association (ALA) - The ALA has many tools and does extensive outreach to schools. The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit provides evaluation tools and information to assist with improving asthma outcomes.

American School Health Association (ASHA) - The ASHA provides resources and ongoing education related to asthma in schools including the asthma resource portal.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) - Provides asthma-specific products and a listing of state-by-state chapters and support groups. AAFA also sponsors the Power Breathing Program that provides a basic understanding of asthma in a peer-friendly environment.

Asthma Clinical Research Network (ACRN) - Provides information on clinical trials for evaluation of new and existing therapeutic approaches and links to asthma sites. www.acrn.org

Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System - On-going health survey system that tracks health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly.  Includes questions about asthma prevalence in children.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health - Shares success stories from school districts that have created asthma-friendly schools. Strategies for Addressing Asthma Within a Coordinated School Health Program offers concrete suggestions for schools working to improve the health and school attendance of children with asthma. The six strategies identified by the CDC can be effective whether your program is for the entire school district or just one school   

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Asthma Prevention Program-Provides information on prevalence and surveillance of asthma and resources for various audiences including, health care professionals, child care centers and schools.

Allergy and Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics-Provides publications, news, research, and consumer information on treatment of asthma.

National Association of Education Health Information Network - Supports Asthma and Schools, which consolidates information about asthma-related resources for school personnel working with grades K-12. It provides a searchable database that links to educational materials, medical information, websites, and other resources useful for working with schools, children, and youth.

National Association of School Nurses (NASN) - The NASN educational program, Managing Asthma Triggers, trains school nurses how to create a healthy learning environment through improving Indoor Air Quality and increase awareness of potential asthma triggers within the school.  NASN also provides access to other asthma related resources for school nurses. 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Provides access to "The Asthma Management Model System," an information management tool designed to facilitate science-based decision-making and evidence-based medicine in long-term asthma management.

The system consists of three main components:

  • Research links to a variety of searchable databases and other resources.
  • Education provides access to clinical practice guidelines, an electronic library, continuing education and patient education materials, and teaching/learning tools.
  • Communication allows users to connect to online forums and discussions.

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) - Provides health-related information for the general public, health care professionals, schools, and child care providers. The site also includes "Action Against Asthma: A Strategic Plan for the Department of Health and Human Services" and asthma slide sets that are available for download.

National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Library - Provides links to sites with information on asthma research, education, and treatment.

National Jewish Medical and Research Center (Lung Line) - Includes a personal interactive diary to help track asthma symptoms and medicines and graph quality of life relationships.

Physicians for Social Responsibility - Provides a review of air pollutants and sources, health effects, and medical management, with links to sites for more information.

STARLIGHT STARBRIGHT Children's Foundation - Disseminates an asthma education CD-ROM - Quest for the Code - that targets youth. In addition, STARBRIGHT has developed an instructional manual on asthma for school nurses to use in conjunction with the CD-ROM. See the Asthma CD ROM: Quest for the Code

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools - Provides information and links for school districts, facility planners, and school building personnel to address indoor air quality (IAQ) as it relates to asthma and other health problems.

 

This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number U58/CCU520142 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contents of this page are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.