Programs & Initiatives in Schools
Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-Grant Program
D: Asthma Self-Management Education
Provide asthma self-management education in a group, or individual setting or a combination of both. School nurses take the lead role and collaborate with other health office staff, teachers, and or local public health staff. You can also partner with health care professionals from nearby pharmacies, clinics and health care systems to provide these sessions. Educational sessions can be held before, during or after the school day, or during summer sessions for school-age children.
- Implement an asthma self-management program using Open Airways for Schools or Kickin’ Asthma to teach asthma self-management skills to students with asthma. At least 8 students must participate.
- Plan and conduct single or multi-session self-management educational sessions for students (or students and parents) who are transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle to high school. Sessions should teach asthma self-management skills to help students cope as they take on a higher level of personal responsibility for their asthma in the school and at home.
Curriculum Education Descriptions:
Open Airways for Schools is designed for children ages 8 to 11. The curriculum consists of six 40-minute group lessons that educate children through a fun and interactive approach to asthma self-management. Children learn how to detect the warning signs of asthma, avoid their triggers and make decisions about their health.
Kickin’ Asthma is an asthma management program for children ages 11 to 16 delivered in four – 45 minute sessions. The goal is to empower children to take control of their asthma and give them the skills needed to manage their symptoms, through learning techniques suitable for teenagers while highlighting self-management practices.
Note: Open Airways for Schools or Kickin’ Asthma will be provided by download at no charge by the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN).
- Additional resources including program ideas, educational materials and video presentations on key topics can be found at Asthma Friendly School Resources.