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Indiana Statewide Asthma Conference Presentation
This presentation, Asthma Triggers and Avoidable Behaviors among Children with Current Asthma, was presented at the Indiana Statewide Asthma Conference in May 2013. The presentation includes data on the number of asthma triggers in Indiana households and provides support for home visits. To access the powerpoint slides click here.
NOW AVAILABLE! Online Asthma Training for Childcare ProvidersThe Chronic Respiratory Disease Section is excited to announce the creation of online asthma training for childcare providers! This training will help providers make their childcare facilities asthma friendly, and will provide education on helping children with asthma in the childcare setting. The training can be found at: http://iaccrr.org/default.cfm?page=training-central. Providers must choose a username and password to access the training. Once a provider has signed in, the training can be accessed under the "Trainings" tab. This training is required for 5 Star Childcare certification. For more information on the 5 Star program, please visit: http://www.in.gov/idem/4180.htm.
ASTHMA EMERGENCY CARE PLAN 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR
Examples of Asthma Emergency Care Plans for Schools for the 2013-2014 school year provided by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation.
School Nurse TrainingThe Chronic Respiratory Disease Section, in partnership with the Department of Education, conducted a series of trainings for school nurses. The trainings covered asthma and allergy basics, asthma medications, and how to respond to an asthma or allergy emergency at your school. A total of 290 school nurses attended the six trainings in 2013. The mean for all of the attendees' pre-test scores was 71% correct (SD:14.6) and the mean for the post-test scores was 90.6 % correct (SD: 10.5).
The trainings for 2013 have already happened. Please check back on our website or the Learning Connection in February 2014 for a listing of the 2014 trainings which will occur in April.
Fly a Flag for Schools
The Fly a Flag for Clean Air Program uses colored flags based on U.S. EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI) to notify teachers, coaches, students, and others about outdoor air quality conditions. Schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds to their local air quality forecast.
The purpose of this program is to create public awareness of outdoor air quality conditions so children can continue to play and have fun while protecting their health when air quality is in unhealthy ranges. Children are at greater risk from air pollution because their lungs are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Even when air quality is unhealthy, exercise can be continued indoors for children who have symptoms outdoors.
This program is available to all schools throughout Indiana (on a first come, first served basis). Schools that enroll in the program will be asked to also make their school campus an “Idle Free Zone”, be a tobacco free campus, and have asthma action plans on file for all students with a diagnosis of asthma. All schools will receive a custom set of Air Quality Index flags, provided by Anthem and the WellPoint Foundation. Additionally schools will receive Idle Free Zone signs provided by Knozone/City of Indianapolis Office of Sustainability, Improving Kids Environment, and Duke Energy. Age appropriate curriculum and educational materials about indoor and outdoor air quality related to health will also be provided.
Find out how your school can participate in this FREE program.
Winning with Asthma: Coach's Clipboard
The highly recommended "Winning with Asthma" is a program designed to educate sports coaches about the effects of asthma on athletes. Visit http://www.winningwithasthma.org/ to become an asthma-educated coach.
The Indoor Air Quality Rule for SchoolsTo view IAQ Rule 410 IAC 33, click here.
Tools for Schools
This program, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), helps schools reduce exposures to indoor environmental contaminants and manage asthma in the school environment.
The Tools for Schools Action Kit will help schools identify, correct, and prevent common indoor air quality issues. For more information on Tools for Schools, or to download an Action Kit, click here.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has released a new Healthy Schools Toolkit featuring free web-based resourcees desighned to help keep school buildings and cacilities clean, green, and healthy. To access the new Healthy Schools Toolkit, click here
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Schools
Integrated Pest Managment is an economically effective approach to pest control that uses a combination of comprehensive information on the life cycle of pests, and their interaction with the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends use of IPM in schools to reduce the risk of exposure to potentially harmful pesticides by children.
For more information on Integrated Pest Management visit
Resources for Schools and Childcare Centers