Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: New York (cont’d)
School-Based Asthma Partnership
St. John's Riverside Hospital
Jeff Byrne, RRT
In 1998, the Yonkers, New York school district and St. John's Riverside Hospital created a School Based Asthma Partnership to address the impact of asthma on the district's school children. The hospital and the school's Health Services office collaborated to implement a process that allowed nurses to treat students experiencing asthma exacerbations on-site. The hospital attained funding and donated equipment for nebulized albuterol treatment to 55 Yonkers schools. The equipment was widely used and proved extremely effective in keeping children in school and out of emergency departments. This success brought subsequent funding from government, business and private foundations that enabled the program to grow. At the end of school year 2004-2005, the asthma program expanded to 249 schools from 40 school districts and a major preschool/day care organization with 28 centers in Westchester and Putnam counties.
Evaluations to date have shown that providing school nurses with the appropriate equipment and training, and the authorization from the physician to administer nebulizer treatments, can dramatically reduce the number of children sent from school due to asthma exacerbations. Partnerships between external institutions within the community, i.e. schools, hospitals, government, and the business and philanthropic communities, can effectively collaborate in confronting a major health care problem such as asthma to improve children’s health and welfare.
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