Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: Maryland
Asthma and Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Maryland and Greater Washington, DC Chapter
Asthma and Allergy Essentials for Child Care Providers is an asthma education program managed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, MD- Greater Washington DC chapter. The program is designed to educate child care providers about how to care for children with asthma and allergic diseases and how to provide a safe and healthy environment for children with these chronic conditions.
During this three-hour interactive course, a trained health professional teaches providers how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an asthma or allergy episode, how to institute environmental control measures to prevent these episodes, and appropriate use of medications and the tools for asthma management such as inhalers and peak flow meters to keep these diseases under control. Participants receive a certificate of attendance and a folder containing various educational handouts and tools for both providers and for parents of children with asthma or allergies.
A pre-post evaluation of the program indicated a positive impact on asthma management skills, use of asthma action plans, as well as an increase in actions taken to reduce environmental triggers in the childcare setting.
This program has been implemented since 1984 and has been offered through AAFA chapters nationwide.
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