243324 Creating healthy schools: Working in collaboration toward environmentally sound and asthma-friendly school environments

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dominique Helou-Testerman, MS , Program Services Division, American Lung Association, Washington, DC
While it's the priority for schools to educate youth, keeping students safe and in a healthy environment is key to a student's academic achievement. Asthma affects the lives of close to 7 million children and 14.4 million lost school days in 2008. There are many environmental and asthma-friendly strategies that can help to reduce the risk of asthma episodes in schools. The American Lung Association is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all youth through its Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI) and its purpose to keep students healthy, in school and ready to learn. AFSI is a comprehensive approach to asthma management that provides the framework needed for schools to create a plan that reduces the risk of health-related emergencies. AFSI was created through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and aligns with their Strategies for Addressing Asthma within a Coordinated School Health Program. The AFSI Toolkit is available to guide community/school coalitions through the asthma management planning process and is divided into 5 major sections: master planning, maximizing school health services, building asthma education, providing a healthy school environment, and managing physical education and activity. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to become familiar with strategies to create a green school and asthma-friendly school as well as receive information on available tools and resources to support a healthy school environment.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify strategies to create a sustainable, green school and asthma-friendly school environment that support student achievement and health 2. Describe the similarities between a green school and an asthma-friendly school to improve the wellbeing of all students 3. Discuss successes and challenges of using green and healthy school strategies

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked for the American Lung Association for over four years on asthma and tobacco programs. She is currently the program manager for the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative. I have a M.S. in Communication Management from Towson University.
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.