Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Louisiana
SBAMP: School-Based Asthma Management Program
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC)
New Orleans, LA
Mosanda Mvula, MD
The School-Based Asthma Management Program (SBAMP) is managed by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA and has been implemented since 2000. The mission of SBAMP is to determine the prevalence of asthma in New Orleans school children and to put in place an asthma management program based upon evidence-based interventions.
SBAMP targets all elementary, middle, and high school students (predominately African-American, inner city, and from low income families) in seven parochial and public Orleans Parish school in New Orleans. The intervention includes: the use of NIH asthma diagnosis and management guidelines, the use of school-based clinical sites to enhance student access to asthma medical care, asthma self-management education, the use of asthma medical specialists as needed, and the use of nurse case-management for the most severe asthmatics.
A pre-post test evaluation with a sample of 106 children showed a positive impact on hospital and ED utilization, school absences, quality of life for children, symptoms, medication use, use of an asthma action plan, and use of a peak flow meter. The program is ongoing.
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