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  • Hasbro Children's Hospital The Providence School Asthma Partnership

  • Hasbro Children's Hospital
    The Providence School
    Asthma Partnership

    Our Results
    See how the Providence School Asthma Partnership is helping children begin each school day ready to learn.

    A partnership of the Community Asthma Programs of Hasbro Children's Hospital and the Providence School Department, the Providence School Asthma Partnership was formed to improve the health and quality of life of children with asthma through education, management support and advocacy.

    The Providence Asthma School Partnership is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Hospital Foundation, and Health and Education Leadership for Providence.

    Our Goals

    The partnership's goal is to ensure that children with asthma begin each school day ready to learn by:

    • Decreasing the impact of asthma on everyday life
    • Reducing the number of school days missed due to asthma
    • Decreasing visits to the emergency room and overnight hospital stays for asthma
    • Improving child and family knowledge and confidence in managing asthma so that they can take effective action towards controlling asthma

    The programs include:

    • Innovative, interactive and culturally appropriate asthma education workshops for parents and their children; classes are offered in English and Spanish and are held weekly in a different elementary school

    • Novel curriculum tailored to low-literacy parents and to their children with asthma.

    • During the class, medical equipment for home asthma control is explained through demonstration; families receive free peak flow meters and spacers, if needed; Food, transportation, and babysitting are also provided.

    • Asthma support groups provide continuous learning opportunities to families who participate in classes; groups for English and Spanish speakers; these are the only asthma support groups in Rhode Island.

    • Intensive follow-up and care coordination services for children identified with severe asthma; all families screened during workshops; children participate in asthma lunch groups.

    • Training for school nurses and staff to increase understanding of asthma and its treatment.

    • A diverse, multi-disciplinary staff dedicated to providing quality services to families with asthma.

    The Impact of the Partnership

    For more information, please contact us at 401-444-8340.

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