Beyond the Clinic with Asthma Care

Asthma impacts education as one of the main causes of missed schooldays. For several years, National Jewish Health has worked with Denver Public Schools to improve asthma care for students with the disease. The program identifies children with asthma, teaches them how to manage their disease and develops a support team to help. The program reduces school absences, frequency of asthma symptoms and urgent care visits to the doctor. Recently, the National Jewish Health team received a grant to take this successful program to other cities. They are now working with schools in Hartford, Conn. and expect to expand to other cities in coming years.