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Asthma 411

Project Description

Initiative providing training, equipment, supplies and medication to school nurses for children with asthma. Asthma is one of the leading causes of student absenteeism and 911 calls to schools. It impacts students, siblings, and parents. Tarrant County has asthma rates higher than state and national rates. About 25% of children in Tarrant County are diagnosed with asthma by age of 9.

  • 911 calls fell from 19 in one year to only one in the following two years.
  • The absenteeism gap between kids with and without asthma fell by 51%
  • Expanding across Tarrant County with 200,000+ children already covered.

Asthma 411 is a comprehensive evidence-based program that equips school nurses with the necessary training and resources to quickly respond to a child in respiratory distress. With a physician’s standing orders, a school nurse can quickly assess a student who is having difficulty breathing and administer nebulized albuterol to help the child breathe better. In collaboration with the school districts and schools, Asthma 411 staff members track attendance information and other data to prove the program’s effectiveness. They work with the district to use those data to generate state-mandated reports. Continuing education training for school nurses is provided as part of the program. Additional programs for coaches, trainers, teachers and others in the school are under development.

Please also read our feature story regarding the Asthma 411 Initiative:

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