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National Environmental Education Foundation


Pediatric Asthma Initiative

Asthma picture collageThe Pediatric Asthma Initiative is a long-term project which aims to integrate environmental management of asthma into pediatric medical and nursing education and practice.

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NEEF’s network of pediatric faculty champions are training other faculty members and students at medical and nursing schools and practitioners in their communities on environmental management of asthma. In just under eight years, over 12,000 health care professionals have been trained and the tools of the initiative have been integrated into their clinical practice.

Under the leadership of the Initiative's steering committee, Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma: Guidelines for Health Care Providers was developed. This peer-reviewed document includes competencies for environmental management of asthma, an environmental history form, and environmental intervention guidelines, which are built on best current practices and scientific literature. They are founded upon NAEPP Guidelines and are intended to be used by health care providers in conjunction with its clinical and pharmacological components, as part of a child's comprehensive asthma management plan.

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Joel Forman, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and James Roberts, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina talk about the Pediatric Asthma Initiative Champions program.

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Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma Guidelines

Environmental History Form

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Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma Webinars


A new study published in Clinical Pediatrics finds that following educational intervention using NEEF's standardized PowerPoint presentation, pediatricians reported a significant increase in knowledge about environmental triggers of asthma and a willingness to incorporate exposure history questions and remediation recommendations in their routine practice. 


EPA sponsors a free, online training for health care professionals on the health effects of air particles on children. Continuing education credits are available.

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's new asthma resource for clinicians and other health professionals, the Asthma Care Quick Reference, aims to help improve asthma outcomes and provides evidence-based recommendations. 

The President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children announced a Coordinated Federal Action Plan to address asthma disparities. Read the report and learn more about the task force

CDC's Asthma Impact on the Nation contains new resources and information, including an Infographic and Asthma Data Brief.