Asthma is the No. 1 reason for admission to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and is one of the most common chronic illnesses in children—accounting for more than half a million missed school days annually in Georgia.
The Children’s Asthma Management Education program trains school nurses, school staff and healthcare professionals about asthma management topics, including how to control asthma triggers and how to help children safely participate in school and physical activities.
- Onsite presentations about asthma management at metro Atlanta schools for school nurses, school staff and after school programs
- Asthma Care and Education (ACE) program offered twice a year for school nurses, clinic workers and health professionals who provide care to children with asthma
- A teaching tool, Asthma—What You Need to Know flipchart, for educating children, parents and staff about asthma management
- Statewide distribution of asthma education resources to school professionals.
The Children’s Asthma Management Education program also provides asthma equipment, such as nebulizers and spacers, to school nurses in metro Atlanta, as funds allow, supporting asthma care and management in students with special medical and financial needs.
By the Numbers
Since its inception, the Children’s Asthma Management program has educated more than 15,000 school and health professionals from around the state.
In 2012, the program:
- Educated 3,045 school and healthcare professionals statewide.
- Produced and distributed 53,800 asthma educational pieces statewide.
- Provided schools with 1,040 pieces of asthma equipment, including nebulizers and spacers.
Kellen Bolden Act
To help protect students with asthma, Georgia passed the Kellen Bolden Act July 1, 2002. This law allows any student, with permission of his physician and parent or legal guardian, to self-carry and self-administer his quick-relief asthma medications:
- At school
- At a school-sponsored activity
- While under the supervision of school personnel
- While in before-school or after-school care on school property
Asthma Resources for Schools
For More Information
Ginger Tuminello, Program Coordinator