The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

ASTHMA EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN A RURAL SETTING: GARNERING SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION FROM AREA SCHOOLS.

Brenda Barger-Saunders; Respiratory - Asthma Education Program, Cox Monett Hospital, Monett, MO

BACKGROUND: Cox Monett Hospital, Monett Missouri received a five year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health in August 2009 to provide Asthma Education to school age children in the rural Missouri counties of Barry and Lawrence. The grant had not sufficiently met objectives with regard to the expected number of participants during the first two years of its life. Objective 2 of the Grant agreement states: “By the end of the project, at least 2000 students will receive education and awareness of asthma within the school system and the community.” For the purpose of this comparison we looked at ways of improving participation of the number of schools and the number of children in order to increase active enrollment in Asthma Education classes and meet our objective. METHODS: Direct comparisons were made between the first year, (August 2009-July 2010), second year, (August 2010-July 2011), and third year to date, (August 2011-March 2012). Analysis of the following parameters were completed: (1) number of schools participating; (2) number of screening questionnaires completed; (3) number of students receiving education and awareness of asthma; (4) number of students actively enrolled in Asthma Education classes. During the third year an incentive “Lunch and Learn” program was initiated to enhance greater participation in completing screening questionnaires from students, teachers and schools. RESULTS: Comparisons were made between years one, two and three resulting in the following outcomes for each of the years respectively. Table I shows Parameter (1): 3, 6, and 15 schools. Parameter (2): 139, 361, 788 completed questionnaires. Parameter (3): 0, 0, 1181 students. Parameter (4): 22, 7, 102 active enrollees. CONCLUSIONS: These findings document the need for finding a niche and filling a need by working closely with support staff in the schools to develop relationships necessary to allow the program to thrive. Sponsored Research - None ASTHMA EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN IN A RURAL SETTING: GARNERING SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION FROM AREA SCHOOLS. Objective 2 of the Grant states: “By the end of the project, at least 2000 students will receive education and awareness of asthma within the school system and community”.