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Evaluating the effectiveness of a teen-focused, asthma intervention program: Implications for school-based health education

Winston Liao, PhD1, Leslie P. Boss, MPH, PhD2, W. David Austin, MS, MPH3, Kimrey Millar, BS1, and Betty Burton, MFA, BS1. (1) Center for Research in Education, RTI International, 3040 Cornwallis Road, P.O. Box 12194, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194, 919-541-6389, wliao@rti.org, (2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, N.E., MS E-17, Atlanta, GA 30333, (3) Center for Health Promotion Research, RTI International, 3040 Cornwallis Rd., P.O. Box 12194, Research Triangle Park, NC 027709-2194

As part of an effort to further examine the success of pilot studies of Power Breathing, an asthma intervention for adolescents, RTI International with support from CDC, is conducting a rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of this program in two school systems in Virginia and Kansas. Our approach to the evaluation follows a four-stage process that includes: (1) groundwork, (2) formalization, (3) implementation, and (4) utilization. Based on this framework, we will present strategies that we used for evaluating this school-based intervention. These include: establishing an infrastructure for communication with program implementers; soliciting advocacy and buy-in from community representatives; conducting formative research; planning the evaluation; communicating with school nurses; performing the following types of evaluation—process, impact, outcome, and cost-effectiveness; and reporting back to the stakeholders. We will also present results from the field experience (program implementation and data collection from February-May, 2004) of employing a quasi-experimental design that used matched comparison schools and pre-post testing and mixed-mode data collection techniques to gather both quantitative and qualitative data across relevant domains. Lastly, we will highlight implications from this study for school personnel and decision-makers regarding the potential impact of an innovative, teen-focused, asthma intervention in a school-based setting.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant in this session will be able to

Keywords: Public Health Education, Interventions

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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Catching our Breath: Asthma Assessment and Intervention

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA