Additional Resources & Tools

Additional Tools and Resources

The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative™ Toolkit provides the basics steps needed to create a comprehensive, long-term asthma management plan; however, there are still many more valuable resources, tools, and information that can be found to support program planning and implementation. Please take time to review the following resources during the Master Planning phase.

Organizational Websites

In addition to the American Lung Association, the following websites are managed by reputable organizations and provide numerous resources to support healthy schools and asthma-friendly school efforts. These sites are recommended as part of the initial research conducted prior to creating and implementing a comprehensive asthma management plan in schools.

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Administrative Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Schooled in Asthma – Program designed to help pediatricians understand school health services and asthma management in schools.

American Association of School Administrators

American Lung Association

  • Back to School with Asthma Toolkit – A compilation of resources and templates for school staff as they prepare for an asthma-friendlier school year.
  • AIR (Asthma Incidence Reporter) Database – Free downloadable database designed for school nurses to track students with asthma, their absences, emergencies, and other pertinent information. The AIR Database meets Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) standards.

Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Environmental Protection Agency

National Association of School Nurses

  • Managing Asthma Triggers – Comprehensive school nurse education module, including asthma basics, asthma management, curriculum, resources guides, and presentations.

NHLBI National Asthma Education and Prevent Program

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Asthma Education & Curricular Resources

American Lung Association

  • Asthma Basics – an online learning module for individuals with asthma, parents and caregivers to learn more about identifying symptoms, asthma management skills such as avoiding or limiting exposure to asthma triggers and taking asthma medicines as directed, and steps to respond to a breathing emergency.
  • Asthma Educator Institute® – Two-day preparatory course that teaches guideline-based care and prepare participants to complete the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) exam.
  • Lungtropolis® Where Kids with Asthma Learn to Play – Help save Lungtropolis from the evil mucus mob while learning about asthma. This online game is targeted to children ages 5-10 and includes a supportive Lungtropolis® Parents component.
  • Open Airway For Schools® – Interactive educational program that consists of six 40 minute sessions. The program is led by a certified facilitator for students aged 8-11 years old.

For additional asthma information and resources from the American Lung Association, visit

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

  • Power Breathing™ – Empowering teen program in three 90 minutes sessions or six 45 minutes sessions. Includes the Class Dismissed! board game to test asthma knowledge.

National Environmental Education & Training Foundation

NHLBI’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

  • Asthma Awareness Curriculum for the Elementary Classroom – K-6 curriculum designed to develop basic understanding of asthma, teach students.
  • Starbright® FoundationQuest for the Code® – Online game targeted to youth 7-15 and features celebrity voices. The program is available in English and Spanish.

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Physical Activity & Asthma Resources

Centers for Disease Prevention and Promotion

Minnesota Department of Health Asthma Program (MDH) and the Utah Department of Health Asthma Program (UDOH)

  • Winning with Asthma – Designed to provide education to coaches, physical education instructors, and referees about asthma. The online program provides basic information about asthma, how to handle an emergency, and guidance as to how to help students manage their symptoms so they can participate in activities when able.

SHAPE America

NHLBI’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

Office of the Surgeon General

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Air Quality Program Resources

Environmental Protection Agency

Oregon State University

  • Hydroville Curriculum Project – High School curriculum focused on strengthening critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving skills, by getting students work in teams to solve environment health issues based on real-life scenarios.

U.S. Department of Education

  • Green Ribbon Schools – Recognition program that honors schools for exemplary work in establishing a green and healthy learning environment.

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Tobacco Free Program Resources

American Lung Association

  • Freedom From Smoking® and Freedom From Smoking® Online – Premiere adult tobacco cessation program.
  • NOT® (Not On Tobacco) – Teen cessation program designed for voluntary participation. The program incorporates life management skills, including dealing with stress, decision-making, and peer and family relationships.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Community Organizing & Program Planning Resources

Centers for Disease Control

National Association of State Boards of Education

  • How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools – A resource guide presenting an overview of the mission of educations and detailed discussion of the structure and work of schools from a local, district, state, and national level.

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Advocacy Resources

American Lung Association

Asthma and Allergy Network/Mothers of Asthmatics

  • Medications at School  – Listing of all state laws regarding a student’s ability to self-carry and self-administer asthma and allergy medications.

Action for Healthy Kids

  • Wellness Policy Tool – Eight steps to support the creation of a wellness policy that meets your schools or districts unique needs and resources.

Environmental Law Institute

Midwest Academy

National Association of State Boards of Education

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