More than 6 million American children have been diagnosed with asthma, the leading cause of school absenteeism among all chronic diseases. With nearly 13 million missed school days annually, asthma denies children numerous educational and social opportunities.
It is an ongoing challenge of providing safe and healthy environments for these children.
Without proper education and awareness, asthma can be frightening not only for children living with the disease, but also for the adults caring for them.
Asthma 1-2-3 is a one hour in-service program is designed to teach basic asthma knowledge to school, daycare and other community facility personnel in order to improve the lives of children who are living with asthma.
Asthma 1-2-3 content strictly adheres to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) guidelines for proper asthma management and is delivered by a Certified Asthma 1-2-3 Facilitator.
Participants come away with increased knowledge of asthma – its triggers, warning signs and treatment methods. In addition; schools, daycare centers and other facilities are provided with the confidence and knowledge to recognize and respond appropriately to an asthma emergency.
Facilitator Training and Certification is available to all health educators, nurses or respiratory therapists with advanced training in asthma education who are willing to work with schools and the community to conduct Asthma 1-2-3 in-service presentations.
As with all American Lung Association programs, facilitators must be non-smokers.
Current Facilitator Trainings