Helping people cope with asthma is more than targeting allergies and medicines. If done well, helping people with asthma or their family members can transform lives by improving environments, understanding the basics of medicines and understanding how to manage the disease every day. Above all, a supportive environment has the power to improve health outcomes.

This learning track consists of three 1-week courses in the basics of asthma, health literacy and tobacco cessation. The program provides your team with practical instruction in effectively using evidence-based methods of improving the lives of people with asthma through achievable changes. The basics in improving health literacy will help your team communicate with patients and family members better. A focused module on tobacco cessation will give participants tools and strategies they can use to reduce a serious irritant and cause of smoking-related diseases.


  • Three weeks, two to three hours per course.
  • Consists of three one-week courses.

The courses in this track will equip you to:

  • Work with patients and family members with asthma by building rapport and confidence.
  • Identify triggers in the home environment through visits and implement a plan to reduce them through an action plan.
  • Review any of the prescribed medications to clarify and assure proper use.
  • Describe what health literacy is and why it matters.
  • Assess health literacy in patients and community members, including through the Newest Vital Sign.
  • Implement strategies for using other ways of addressing literacy gaps.
  • Reduce cigarette smoking and increase cessation attempts.
  • Identify barriers to asthma management through health literacy and tobacco use.

Course List

Who should enroll in this track?

  • Non-clinical community workers who work in asthma management programs.
  • Program directors or coordinators who need to provide skills to an asthma support team.


Participants who successfully complete this learning track receive a Certificate of Completion in Asthma Education.

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