207936 Asthma-Friendly Child Care Training: An interactive health communication model for adult learners

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:45 AM

Melissa C. Sevy, MPH (C) , Department of Health Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Despite the steady advances in asthma therapy and treatment, asthma-related morbidity and mortality among children in the United States has continued in an upward trend. One important contributing factor in this disparity is the lack of asthma education for adults who care for children. Previously, there has been no asthma education or training provided for child care workers in Utah. An asthma survey was administered to child care facilities throughout the state. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with child care administration, workers, medical professionals, and parents of children with asthma that attend child care. Information was gathered on asthma knowledge, perceptions, and practices and preferences for asthma information dissemination. It was found that child care workers were unclear of the signs, symptoms and triggers of asthma, and were unsure of what to do in the event of an asthma attack. Child care workers preferred interactive, multisensory, and participatory training strategies. The “Asthma Friendly Child Care” training was developed, using research-based adult learning strategies. Learners are actively engaged in participating through discussion-promoting video scenarios, small-group projects, and user-friendly reference materials. Child care facility directors will be trained as facilitators at Utah's Annual Early Childhood Conference on March 14th and will present the training to their facilities. Surveys will be conducted with participants to measure the effectiveness of the training. This model will contribute to the limited asthma education materials available for child care workers, and provide a resource which other states can access and implement.

Learning Objectives:
•Describe child care workers’ perceptions and knowledge of asthma. •Identify child care workers’ preferred methods of receiving training. •Design an innovative and interactive model for training child care workers on asthma. •Analyze the effectiveness of the training model within the child care system.

Keywords: Asthma, Child Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a candidate for my MPH degree at Brigham Young University and will graduate in August 2009. I have worked as an Asthma Educator for the Utah Department of Health. This project was developed in collaboration with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Asthma Task Force.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.