Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Pennsylvania
The Asthma Club
Bethlehem Partnership for a Healthy Community/St. Luke's Hospital
Melissa M. Craig, RN
In 1996, the Bethlehem Partnership for A Healthy Community was formed, consisting of over 60 representatives from health-care, business, community, education and service organizations. This group collectively develops programs to accurately identify the most prevailing health care needs of residents and base program development and delivery of services on these needs.
The Asthma Club was implemented in four elementary schools within the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD). The program was offered to students in grades three through five and their parents. The Asthma Club includes the American Lung Association’s Open Airways Program. Other activities include asthma education to the participating students and families on a monthly basis, monthly (Spanish/English) newsletters to the parents to update on lesson plans with periodic phone calls to the families to review teachings, communication with the primary care provider to discuss the child's asthma treatments and classification, and frequent communication and visits to school nurses, Family Center specialists and Project ASPIRE personnel to discuss each participating child's needs. In addition to the above, each family with a severely asthmatic child is offered an asthma home assessment.
The program also educates providers with the most up-to-date asthma information available. The program offers one-on-one sessions with the providers of the children participating in the program. Topics of discussion include adherence to the NIH Guidelines, medication use, and specific needs of the child. Other program interventions include asthma camp and various public awareness activities.
Program evaluation of The Asthma Club has indicated a positive impact on emergency room visits, medication use, and asthma action plan and peak flow meter use.
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