Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: South Carolina (cont’d)
Project Breathe Easy
Family Connection of SC, Inc.
Shanda Taylor, BS, MS
Project Breathe Easy is an asthma education program developed by Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc in 1997. Project Breathe Easy targets parents of children with asthma in Columbia, Charleston, Florence, Greenville, and surrounding areas. The primary goal of the program is to provide parent-to-parent support around the child's asthma to empower the parent to be the child's best advocate.
Parents of children with asthma are hired to act as Community Parents, both a peer and role model for the parents they support. Community Parents are trained to make successful home visits and telephone contacts. These visits provide the opportunity to offer emotional support and assurance- unique in parent-to-parent relationships to discuss the needs of the parent concerning the child and to provide basic educational information on asthma.
Each family who participates in Project Breathe Easy receives individualized emotional support and assurance from another parent, asthma education information through a notebook on asthma management, allergy proof mattress and pillow encasements for each child with asthma, and ongoing resource information on asthma management.
The September 2003 - October 2004 evaluation showed that the program had a positive impact on hospital utilization; emergency room visits and urgent care visits (combined); school absences; work loss; functional status; self-management skills; and use of an asthma action plan.
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