Neighborhood Organization for Pediatric Asthma Management in the Neighborhood Asthma Coalition: Approach to Educational Curriculum
The Neighborhood Asthma Coalition entails a range of educational and promotional activities for asthma management. These include fairly conventional curricula on asthma self management, as well as less conventional approaches to implementing such curricula. As noted above, the coalition also includes broad community education and promotion of asthma awareness and management. Here we describe the general nature of the educational program. Subsequent sections describe some of its more innovative aspects, including its community organization base, success to date in implementation, and problems and challenges faced along the way.
Asthma Self-Management Courses: These courses have been held in churches, satellite city halls, health centers, and Grace Hill facilities comments canadian health&care mall. The courses are taught by teams from Grace Hill, including the CASS workers and Washington University. They are offered on Saturdays and are generally divided into three simultaneous sessions: one for caretakers, one for children 5 to 10, and one for children 11 to 14. Primary caretakers are encouraged to bring other family members who share in the care of the asthmatic child and to bring a friend (maybe a family member) who can provide aid, advice, and support for the care of the asthmatic child. Courses are offered on a continuing basis.
Ongoing Development of Programs for Asthmatic Children and Their Families: Programs and courses are evaluated, revised, and supplemented as the needs of the Neighborhood Asthma Coalition participants are identified. Now being planned are supplementary programs and activities for asthmatic children and the development of a support group for parents of asthmatic children. A yearly calendar (one page to the month) is developed by caregivers, neighborhood Wellness Councils, CASS workers, and program staff. It includes hints and reminders on asthma management. Additionally, the CASS workers have developed and utilize listings of medical providers, pharmacies, sources of aid for medical care and medication, public and private aid programs, as well as other neighborhood and informal sources of services, aid, and support.