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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

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

Preschool Asthma Outreach Program

American Lung Association of Orange County

Santa Ana, CA

Faith Reyes, MPA

(714) 835-5864 ext. 105    

fruperto@oclung.org

www.oclung.org

The American Lung Association of Orange County, California has conducted the Preschool Asthma Outreach Program since 1995. The program targets primarily urban, low income children with asthma age 0-5 as well as their parents and childcare providers.

Asthma education and training sessions are provided to childcare providers and to parents of preschool children. Sessions for childcare providers include training on how to teach preschool children about asthma and all providers are given a curriculum workbook. Sessions for parents focus on how to manage the child's asthma. Training session topics include recognizing asthma signs, preventing asthma symptoms, asthma management, access to health care, action plans for asthma emergencies, hands-on training on the use of nebulizers and MDIs, and viewing of the Sesame Street video "A is for Asthma."

Evaluation to date has indicated a positive impact on quality of life for children and parents/caregivers, asthma symptoms, medication use, and self-management skills. The program is ongoing.

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