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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

Domestic Programs: Washington, DC (cont’d) Back to Index

OAS: Open Airways For Schools

American Lung Association

Washington, DC

Katherine Pruitt

(202) 785-3355         

kpruitt@lungusadc.org

The American Lung Association (ALA) Open Airways for Schools program was originally developed by Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Lung Association has implemented Open Airways for Schools since 1996. The program is implemented nationwide via independent local ALA organizations. In its first five years, Open Airways for Schools reached more than 400,000 children in more than 30,000 elementary schools.

The Open Airways for Schools program focuses on children with asthma in grades 3-6, aged 8-11. It consists of six, 40-minute group lessons for children held during the school day. The curriculum incorporates an interactive teaching approach, utilizing group discussion, stories, games, and role-play. To promote students' involvement in the learning process. In addition to the curriculum, the classroom kits distributed by ALA contain other easy-to-use teaching materials including posters and handouts that the children take home to share with parents or caregivers.

The goal of the Open Airways for Schools program is to enable children with asthma to take care of their asthma on a daily basis.

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