Integrating Environmental Management of Asthma into Pediatric Health Care

NEEF’s newest study Integrating Environmental Management of Asthma into Pediatric Health Care: What Worked and What Still Needs Improvement

Asthma

Assessing environmental factors is an essential part of managing asthma, which is one of the most common long-term diseases amongst children. As we see a significant rise in children diagnosed with asthma over the last several decades, the need to work directly with pediatricians and caregivers becomes more important.

What does it mean to have a child diagnosed with asthma? What environmental factors, inside and outside of the home, can exacerbate asthma symptoms? What are the options for managing pediatric asthma? NEEF's Pediatric Asthma Initiative works to answer these questions and assess environmental factors impacting the child's asthma. Working in partnership with major medical institutions, public agencies, health professional associations, and other stakeholders throughout the country, NEEF's Pediatric Asthma Initiative has trained more than 12,000 health care providers to identify and help control the environmental factors contributing to asthma attacks in children. The initiative is designed to build partnerships between pediatricians and caregivers as well as educate children on assessing the factors that impact their health.

Resources

Pediatric Asthma Faculty Champions Initiative

NEEF has a network of Pediatric Asthma Faculty Champions who are pediatric faculty members at leading academic institutions. In each of ten US regions, these pediatricians:

  • Take a leadership role in integrating environmental management of pediatric asthma into medical and nursing schools in a sustainable fashion
  • Train their colleagues, teach courses, provide expertise and support in their institutions and surrounding communities
  • Serve models for integrating environmental management of asthma into health professional education

If you are interested in finding out more about the Faculty Champions, or if you would like to arrange for an environmental management of pediatric asthma training in your region, please contact health@neefusa.org.

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Environmental Intervention Guidelines and Patient Handouts

Questions and solutions to environmental asthma triggers.
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NEEF Document and Resource

Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Asthma Tool Card

This tool card highlights the federal priority recommendations and provides quick links and resources for asthma control.
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Asthma Environmental History Form

NEEF’s Environmental History for Pediatric Asthma Patient in English and Spanish is intended for use with children already diagnosed with asthma.
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Trainings

Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma

Guidelines for health care providers in English and Spanish aimed at integrating environmental management of asthma into pediatric health care.
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Peer-Reviewed Articles
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Improving Pediatrician Knowledge About Environmental Triggers for Asthma

Pediatricians reported a significant increase in knowledge about environmental triggers of asthma using NEEF's standardized PowerPoint presentation.
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