It’s Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, so time to refocus your education efforts for children, their parents and caregivers, and the elderly. These are some of the best resources, asthma education handouts, we’ve found for building asthma training programs and educating patients about controlling asthma and alergy attacks and triggers and managing life with the disease.
Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this event planning kit to equip state and local asthma programs to hold community-based asthma awareness and action events during Asthma Awareness Month. It includes ideas and tips for planning and running community asthma events in schools, hospitals, clinics, and state capitals.
Download the Asthma Awareness Month Event Planning Kit.
Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit
The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) from the American Lung Association is an approach to asthma management in schools. The initiative’s toolkit helps school-based programs create a long-term asthma management plan. The toolkit provides step-by-step guidance that covers tips and strategies for master planning, maximizing school services, building asthma education, providing a healthy school environment, managing physical education and activity, and additional tools and resources.
Go to the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative Toolkit.
Asthma Learning Track
CHWTraining’s Asthma Learning Track consists of three one-week, Web-based courses on the basics of asthma, health literacy, and tobacco cessation. The comprehensive internet course provides health education teams with practical instruction in effectively using evidence-based methods to improve the lives of people with asthma through achievable changes. The basics in improving health literacy will help your team better communicate with patients and family members. A focused module on tobacco cessation will give participants tools and strategies they can use to reduce a serious irritant and cause of disease.
Go to CHWTraining’s Asthma Learning Track.
Preparing For Tests
National Jewish Health has a collection of information sheets to help patients prepare for asthma tests for checking for conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema. The downloadable documents cover such topics as what medications to withhold, when to stop eating, and what to expect during the tests.
Download the information sheets:
- Bronchial Provocation Test
- Irritant Challenge Test
- Pressure Volume Study
- Routine Pulmonary Function Test
- Spirometry Tests Your Lung Function
Sesame Street A is for Asthma
A is also for “adorable” with Sesame Workshop’s project Sesame Street A is for Asthma. The education website is designed specifically for children with asthma who want to “lead fun and active lives.” The resources show children with asthma what to do when they have trouble breathing and explain to adult caregivers how to help, including instructions on how to use inhalers, and how to avoid food allergens.