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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: California (cont'd) Back to Index

Hijos Sanos: Reducing ETS Exposure in Latino Asthmatics

C-BEACH (Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health) at San Diego State

University

San Diego, CA

Susie Meltzer, MPH

(858) 505-4770 ext. 104    

smeltzer@projects.sdsu.edu

Hijos Sanos: Reducing ETS Exposure in Latino Asthmatics was an asthma education program implemented by the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health at San Diego State University. The program was piloted on 204 underserved Latino families with asthmatic children.  The education program consisted of one or two sessions delivered in each family's home in the targeted participant's preferred language by a bilingual, bicultural educator. Attendance by the child was encouraged, but not required. The curriculum was culturally-tailored, and all participants received education on understanding asthma, preventing asthma attacks, and managing asthma. Outcomes included change in asthma knowledge and change in home environment asthma management procedure. Asthma knowledge increased significantly (39 to 50% correct from pre- to post-test, P<0.010) and participants made significant change to

the child's bedroom environment (mean number of triggers decreased from 2.4 to 1.8, P<0.001; mean number of controllers increased from 0.7 to 0.9, P<0.001).

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