Asthma Programs in Colorado

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Children’s Environmental Intervention Training (CEIT): Using ONE Step and Asthma Management to Protect Children

The American Lung Association in Colorado’s (ALAC)  FREE Educating the Educators training will provide training and resources on asthma and Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) to early childhood educators to equip them to educate parents, through health-focused messaging, about removing asthma triggers and environmental tobacco smoke from their homes.  This training educates Early Childhood Educators (ECE) about the basics of asthma management, including asthma triggers, and teaches them how to create an asthma program at their child care center, including reducing asthma triggers, while also teaching them about the harms of environmental tobacco smoke and how to speak to parents in a non-threatening, health-focused way about protecting their children from ETS.  Free resources include a toolkit to reference and use the information provided in the training. The toolkit and other free resources can be found on www.cohealthresources.com.

Attendees will: 

  • Receive 1.5 Continuing Education Credits!
  • Get FREE resources!!
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to talk with parents about the harmful effects of Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  • Learn how to strengthen tobacco policies in their center/home or school
  • Learn how to encourage “no smoking” policies in air shared by children at any time in any place
  • Be given tips on how to discuss how to better care for children with asthma while also sharing important messages with parents about environmental triggers associated with their child’s asthma. 

If you are a childcare provider or an early childhood educator and would like to learn more about a free training in your area around protecting children from environmental tobacco smoke and asthma please send us an email at jstreit@lungcolorado.org.  

Watch the Children's Environmental Intervention Training's RECORDED webinar to receive 1.5 continuing education credits. **MUST BE A RESIDENT OF COLORADO.

To apply for CME credit for this webinar, you must adhere to the following process:
Watch the webinar HERE

  • Click HERE to take the post-training evaluation through SurveyMonkey. Note- you must complete the survey in its entirety for credit.
  • E-mail the American Lung Association in Colorado to notify of completion- jstreit@lungcolorado.org
  • Once notified, American Lung Association in Co staff will review your responses to determine pass or fail.
  • Upon passing, American Lung Association in Co staff will e-mail you your 1.5 CEC's and mail the training toolkit and other materials to the address you supply in the SurveyMonkey.


Open Airways for Schools (OAS)

The Open Airways For Schools program aims to enable children living with asthma to take care of their asthma on a daily basis. Aimed at kids between 8-11 years old this program teaches them how to manage their asthma and lead healthier, active lives. The interactive teaching curriculum brings together children with asthma, their families, schools, and community volunteers. It teaches the children to detect asthma warning signs, deal with asthma triggers, and prevent or reduce symptoms.

The course has six lessons. Each is about 40 minutes long, and taught by trained school personnel and community volunteers. Group discussion, stories, games, and role-play promote the children's active involvement in the learning process.

Children who complete the Open Airways For Schools program should be able to:

  • Take steps to prevent asthma symptoms
  • Recognize the symptoms of asthma when they occur, and carry out appropriate management steps.
  • Discuss and solve problems related to asthma with parents, medical professionals, teachers and friends.
  • Feel more confident about taking care of their asthma on a daily basis.

GET TRAINED TO BE AN OAS FACILITATOR by contacting us at jstreit@lungcolorado.org or by calling (303) 847-0270. 

Breathe Well Live Well

Breathe Well, Live Well is designed for adults with a diagnosis of asthma. The program aims to reduce illness and disability due to asthma by improving asthma knowledge and self-management skills.

Background
The program was adapted from a validated clinic-based intervention developed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Lung Health Center (Winning Against Asthma, 1986). Results from the original study showed that a comprehensive effort to improve self-management practices of adults with asthma can substantially improve adherence to treatment regimens. Two significant measures of that study showed improvements through a decrease in severity of asthma symptoms and a decrease in the incidence of respiratory problems.

Structure and Content
Breathe Well, Live Well consists of three modules: an orientation module, a workshop module, and a follow-up and reinforcement module. The orientation module is a 15-minute telephone call in which participants are given an overview of the program. During this call, facilitators instruct participants to bring their peak flow meter, an asthma action plan, and the names of all their medicines to the next session. The asthma workshop module is a 4-5 hour intensive session covering the material in the Participant Workbook. Topics include: learning basic facts about asthma, identifying early warning signs of an asthma episode, communicating with your healthcare provider, learning about asthma medicines, identifying and controlling asthma triggers, and daily self-management including recording symptoms or peak flow measurements and using an asthma action plan. The facilitator covers the topics in a way intended to optimize learning and behavior change. For example, guided practice and feedback on inhaler and peak flow meter use, goal setting, and modeling are among the instructional methods used. The follow-up and reinforcement module consists of a 15-minute telephone call made by the program facilitator to all participants to inquire about their ability to implement what was learned in the workshop and to help them solve any problems they have encountered.

Availability
Breathe Well, Live Well is available in many locations across the country. The program is led by American Lung Association-trained facilitators. It is recommended that the facilitator be a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C). Breathe Well, Live Well is taught in group small groups (10 participants is optimal) and is offered in a variety of settings including worksites, hospitals, health clinics, community organizations, churches or temples, and other settings. Local Lung Associations shall determine the cost to participants.

For more information on any of the Asthma Programs in Colorado, please contact us at jstreit@lungcolorado.org