Helping community members manage asthma can be as easy as sharing a few key pieces of knowledge—even if you don’t have a dedicated asthma care team.
According to the American Lung Association, asthma is one of the main reasons that students miss school due to illness. Making a few changes can significantly change those statistics.
Changes that work for people with asthma or their caregivers don’t have to be about major lifestyle overhauls. They can be as simple as:
- Remove your shoes at the door
- Ventilate your home
- Clean green
These are three tips from CHWTraining’s Improving Asthma Outcomes program, which aims to instruct peer educators on guiding patients and clients to making easy changes that improve the quality of their life.
The program, which is available as an Express Course or as part of the Asthma Learning Track, shows participants how to recognize asthma symptoms, identify and use asthma medications and reduce asthma triggers in the home. The online program consists of about three hours of online instruction and is a complement to existing home visit programs, or a supplement to organizations without any.
Express courses are available for 15 days and take a few hours to complete. Learning Tracks are training bundles that are available for about a month. The Asthma Learning Track includes the courses Improving Asthma Outcomes, Health Literacy and Tobacco Cessation.
[Photo credit: International Asthma day 2011 in Malmö, Hans Hansson on Flickr]