Academic journal article Journal of School Health

Resources for Addressing Asthma in Schools

Academic journal article Journal of School Health

Resources for Addressing Asthma in Schools

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CDC PUBLICATIONS

* An Asthma Speaker's Kit for Healthcare Professionals. This PowerPoint presentation is divided into 7 parts: introduction, epidemiology, risk factors, prevention, clinical management, managing asthma, and the public health response. A resource section is also included, http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/speakit/default.htm

* Asthma Fact Sheets. These fact sheets on asthma in adult and child populations include information on morbidity, health care use, mortality, and other summary data. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm

* Basic Facts About Asthma. This fact sheet contains information on what asthma is, its effects, how asthma is diagnosed, what an asthma attack is, causes of an asthma attack, how asthma is treated, and important asthma triggers. Also available in Spanish. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/asthma/faqs.pdf; http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/airpollution/spanish/sp_faqs.pdf

* Fact Sheet: Addressing Asthma in School This fact sheet-provides information on children with asthma, asthma prevalence data, and a summary of CDC's 6 strategies for addressing asthma within a coordinated school health program, http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma/pdf/asthma.pdf

* Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. CDC. Self-Reported Asthma Among High School Students--United States, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2005;54(31):765-767. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5431a1.htm

* National Asthma Control Program: Improving Quality of Life and Reducing Costs 2005. This brochure describes CDC's national asthma program that comprises major data collection systems, tracking programs, funded interventions and partnerships, public health research, and training for state programs. The brochure also includes a description of how CDC is enabling the nation's schools to prevent asthma attacks and absences, http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/aag05.pdf

* School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide. This tool helps local schools understand their strengths and weaknesses and develop an action plan for improving their health policies and programs related to asthma and/or other health topics, http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/shi

* Strategies for Addressing Asthma Within a Coordinated School Health Program. This 12-page document offers concrete suggestions for schools and school districts working to improve the health and school attendance of children with asthma. The 6 strategies identified by the CDC can be effective whether your program is for the entire school district or just 1 school, http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma/pdf/strategies.pdf

OTHER FEDERAL PUBLICATIONS

* Asthma and the Environment: A Strategy to Protect Children. This document, prepared by the Presidential Task Force on Environmental Health and Safety Risks to Children, describes environmental factors associated with the onset of asthma and triggers of asthma attacks. Four recommendations for federal action to address childhood asthma are presented, http://aspe.hhs.gov/sp/asthma/appxd.pdf

* Asthma and Outdoor Air Pollution. This fact sheet provides information for people with asthma on understanding and using outdoor air quality warnings, http://www.epa.gov/airnow/health-prof/Asthma_Flyer_Final.pdf

* Asthma and Physical Activity in the School This easy-to-read booklet, designed by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), is for teachers and coaches who want to help students with asthma participate in sports and physical activities. It covers the causes of asthma, symptoms of an asthma attack, how to avoid and control asthma triggers, how to help students who take medications, and how to modify activities to match children's current asthma status. It also includes a reproducible student asthma action card. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/asthma/phy_asth.htm

* Asthma Awareness Curriculum. …

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