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Asthma Health Outcomes Project

Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005

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

IAM: Improve Asthma Management Project

Chula Vista Elementary School District -Dept/School: Operations

Chula Vista, CA

Dale Parent, RN, BSN, MA

(619) 425-9600 ext. 1508   

dparent@cvesd.k12.ca.us

The Improve Asthma Management (IAM) Project in Chula Vista, CA was established in 2001 to address the increasing problem of asthma observed in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. An essential component of this project is the implementation of the American Lung Association's Open Airways for Schools program.

The school nurses facilitate the education sessions for the students with asthma. There are six sessions that focus on various asthma topics as triggers, medications, peak flow meter and spacer use, diaries, and asthma action plans. School nurses also work as a team with primary care providers to obtain asthma action plans, feedback on attendance or symptom changes and to respond to any nursing inquiries regarding the child's health.

Evaluations to date indicate that the program has had a positive impact on the following health outcomes: office visits, school absences, medication use, and self-management skills. This project ended in September, 2004, with the end of grant funding, although project staff continue to implement the Open Airways program as much as possible.

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