School Health Resource Links
Minnesota Asthma Coalition
The Minnesota Asthma Coalition (MAC) was created through collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Health and the American Lung Association of Minnesota. The MAC brings together individuals and groups to work on asthma in a collaborative approach by promoting awareness, prevention and culturally sensitive education, ensuring access to state-of-the-art-care, and providing monitoring, analysis, and dissemination of information. A network of seven regional asthma coalitions has been set-up across Minnesota, to provide support for local asthma awareness and prevention efforts throughout the state. You can contact your region's MAC by going to the link and choosing the region where you live.
Asthma Management in Educational Settings
This material provides guidelines for the school nurse in planning and caring for students with asthma. Information provided will help school staff, students, and parents work toward appropriate asthma management in the school setting, enabling students to participate more fully in all school activities.
Asthma Wellness: Keeping Children With Asthma in School and Learning
Powerful Practices: A Checklist for School Districts Addressing the Needs of Students with Asthma
Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, affecting more than five million school-aged children. It is the reason 10 million school days are missed each year and thereby can have significant negative impacts on academic performance. It is critical for school leaders to be proactive and implement policies and practices that will keep children with asthma in school and learning. This is why AASA—the oldest and largest membership organization for school superintendents—has undertaken an effort to reduce the burden of asthma among children and youth. This ambitious five-year effort is funded by the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
United States Environmental Protection Agency
- EPA Healthy School Environments
- Managing Asthma in the School Environment
- Healthy School Environment Resources
The Healthy School Environments Web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Both asthma and generalized healthy school air quality are addressed in the links above.
Quest for the Code®
Quest for the Code is an online interactive game that helps kids learn how to manage their asthma. Featuring the talent of Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kelsey Grammer, Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities, Quest for the Code challenges players to outsmart a team of asthma villains in order to win back the pieces of the secret code. Knowledge of asthma, including asthma triggers and medications, is the secret weapon in challenging the villains!
ARTHUR: PBS KIDS, "ALL ABOUT ASTHMA"
(Scroll down the page to locate asthma resources.) Download a multi lingual selection of PDF files with asthma teaching tools, coloring pages and more from this award-winning site!
Information and Links for kids to games and AQI in their area
Sections include: What is AQI, Clean and Dirty Air, Air pollution and Health, what can I do and a Teachers section with downloadable information, posters, games etc.
Living Well With Asthma: Canadian Asthma Society
Canadian based site providing information for the community and school staff. Includes physical education suggestions, tips for working with kids with asthma and printable tips for managing asthma.