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How Education Programs Can Improve Children’s Asthma


About 5.5 million children live with asthma, one of the most chronic diseases affecting children in the U.S., which inflames and narrows the airways. Children with asthma suffer symptoms of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.

Children with Asthma experience every year:

  • 1 in 6 children will visit an emergency department
  • 1 in 20 will be hospitalized for severe asthma symptom

These symptoms disproportionately affect low-income and minority children in the U.S. who are preschool aged.

“Researchers led by Dr. Michelle Eakin from Johns Hopkins University tested whether a combination of school-based and home-based asthma education programs could improve asthma control for children aged 2 to 6.” 
National Institutes of Health Research.

Children’s participating in this study were recruited from a Head Start Program in Baltimore, Maryland. These children were randomly assigned to one of two asthma education programs. One group received asthma education within their Head Start program, while the other group received the same education, plus an at home asthma education session

Read the full study here.