Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Kansas
Counting on You
American Lung Association of Kansas
(785) 272-9290 ext. 101
The Kansas Asthma Coalition, with the American Lung Association (ALA) of Kansas, partnered with the Johnson County Health Department Health Education Division to implement an in-home daycare provider asthma education project called "Counting on You".
The project served a total of 23 in-home daycare providers during the grant period of September 2002 to September 2003, and reached 46 children with asthma aged one month to nine years. The goal was to have an asthma action plan from a healthcare provider on file for each asthmatic child and to have the daycare provider initiate at least 3 actions to improve indoor air quality by the end of the program period.
The program was delivered by a nurse and health educator on the county health department staff, who attended an intensive two-day Asthma Educator workshop. They visited each daycare home three times to provide asthma education, deliver asthma educational materials for staff, parents, and children, encourage providers to take action to get an asthma action plan on file for each child with asthma, complete a detailed indoor air quality assessment using the ALA "Counting on You" trigger checklist, and provide free asthma-safe cleaning kits and furnace air filters. The program also provided three asthma in-service trainings for daycare staff and developed educational resource kits for loan by daycare
By the end of the project period, 82% of the daycare homes had asthma care plans on file for their children with asthma, up from 9% at the beginning of the intervention.
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