Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: North Carolina (cont’d)
WE CAN: Wake Educators Controlling Asthma Now
Rex Lung Center
WE CAN (Wake Educators Controlling Asthma Now) is a program developed by the Rex Lung Center in Raleigh, NC to help Wake County schools achieve the following five goals for school health set forth by the National Asthma Education Prevention Program: 1) Healthy school environment, 2) Health services in school, 3) Asthma education, 4) Supportive policies, and 5) Sound communication.
Twenty-four Wake County Schools have been identified as the initial target population for the program. WE CAN instructors, a respiratory therapist and a nurse, provide interested teachers, secretaries, and the eight school nurses that cover these 24 schools a one-hour training on asthma basics so that these staff members can support the program and its student participants.
WE CAN uses the Starbright "Quest for the Code" CD-ROM game, played both as part of a group and individually by each student with asthma. The game consists of seven sessions (one session per week) that address goals, signs and symptoms, identifying and removing asthma triggers, asthma myths, peak flow monitoring, medications, equipment, and several psychosocial situations (e.g., a parent smoking in the home).
Evaluation to date demonstrated a positive impact on healthcare utilization, school absences, quality of life for children, medication use, provider behavior, and self-management skills.
The WE CAN program is ongoing.
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