Asthma 101 - What You Need to Know

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Background

Asthma 101™ What You Need To Know was created by a collaborative effort of the mission team of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. It is a comprehensive educational program that provides basic information about asthma and its management. It is also designed for use in a variety of settings including schools, child care and sports. The one-hour program is delivered by trained health professionals. Our first edition of Asthma 101: The Basics was created back in 2001 and revised in 2003.

Asthma 101™ was recently revised to include the latest information on the NAEPP National Asthma Guidelines. In addition, we took the strongest elements of several of our "best practice" programs throughout the Upper Midwest (Counting on you, Exercise and Asthma and Asthma 101: The Basics).

Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the learner should be able to identify:

  • the scope of asthma
  • basic symptoms of an acute asthma episode
  • potential asthma triggers
  • the difference between "quick relief" and "controller" medications used in asthma management
  • how to manage an asthma episode
  •  how to respond to an asthma emergency

Structure and Content

Asthma 101™ is meant to be as easy as possible for the presenter. It is designed to be a convenient "out of the box" program that trained asthma educators can present.

Program Components/Materials

At this time, the program offers a detailed, 60-page, full-color handbook along with asthma triggers and management posters. In addition, a CD with power point presentations are available for three targeted audiences (School Personnel, Child Care Providers and Coaches) along with speaker notes.

To Request an Asthma 101 program at your facility, download form and fax to 262-781-5180 or email to Katie.Halverson@Lung.org

Training Requirements

Qualifications for Instructors:
Licensed healthcare professionals (RN, RRT, NP, PA) - with background on Asthma Management education
Certified Asthma Educators (AE-C); Pharmacists, Athletic Trainers and

  • Asthma Management education
    Certified Asthma Educators (AE-C); Pharmacists, Athletic Trainers and Community Health Educators who work primarily with hard to reach populations.

Presenter trainings are approximately 1.5 hours.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the American Lung Association's mission and focus
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the Lung Association and the volunteer as partners in providing asthma education programs
  • Identify the key components of the asthma education programs based on the target audience of (schools, child care providers and coaches)
  • Work collaboratively with the Lung Association to provide asthma education programs
  • Identify key facilitation skills utilized when presenting asthma education programs
  • Educate and empower program recipients with the knowledge of the impact of asthma and how to work with a child/athlete with asthma

Program Contact 

Katie Halverson 
American Lung Association of Wisconsin
262-703-4836
Katie.Halverson@Lung.org