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National Teleconference

"Improving Attendance, Improving Achievement for Students with Asthma"

Thursday, May 22, 2003
noon-1:30 p.m. EDT

Sponsored by Education Development Center, Inc
Newton, MA
In collaboration with the ILIAD IDEA Partnership

Distinquished Panel Featuring:
Jack Campana, San Diego Public Schools
Howard Taras, M.D. , American Academy of Pediatrics
Karen Drezner, Director of Operations, Harbor Science and Art Charter School
Paula Carroll, Community Program Coordinator, American Lung Association

Too many students with asthma are missing too many days of school due to non-existent or poor case management. The problem is especially critical for students in urban school districts. There, the number of asthma cases is dramatically on the rise.

When students are repeatedly absent from school, they are deprived of educational opportunities and, thus, are at risk for faring poorly on state and local performance measures. Given that students with asthma fall within IDEA's category of "other health impairments," this is a critical problem facing both general and special education administrators, as well as school health professionals. One way to keep students with asthma healthy in school, and succeeding, is by creating and implementing a case management system that brings together general and special education practitioners, the family, school health professionals, and pediatricians.

You are invited to participate in a teleconference on reducing absenteeism in school to improve academic achievement on May 22, 2003 from noon to 1:30 EST. Our distinguished panel of nationally recognized experts in the school-based prevention and treatment of asthma includes Jack Campana, the former director of student services at the San Diego Public Schools; Dr. Howard Taras, chair of school health committee of the American Academy of Pediatricians; Karen Drezner, who is currently a school administrator and was formerly Associate Director of the Childhood Asthma Initiative at the Children's Health Fund, and Paula Carroll, Community Program Coordinator, American Lung Association.

You will have an opportunity to hear them define the problem, present model programs (e.g., Open Airways and Stay Ahead of Asthma: A Survival Guide and Organizer for Parents), and discuss key factors related to planning, implementing, and evaluating effective case management programs. We will encourage an open discussion and sharing. You will receive resource materials in advance of the teleconference and will be able to join an online follow-up conversation.

The cost of the teleconference is $75.00 per phone "station". There is no limit to the number of people participating at each phone.

To learn how you can register for the teleconference, please contact Charlene Bemis, 617 618 2189,

Feel free to share this announcement widely.

Updated Action Steps
To reflect current trends and resources available from nationally recognized organizations, Making Health Academic has updated action steps in the fields of family and community involvement, healthy school environment, health services, nutrition, and physical education.  We are hopeful that these action steps will assist you with the step-by-step process of creating a comprehensive school health program (CSHP) in your community.

Making Health Academic is currently updating action steps for all eight components of the CSHP model.  In our goal to keeping this website fresh and relevant, we would appreciate any feedback from other professionals in the field.   To review all eight components of a CSHP, simply go to our action steps page in our concept to action section.

Current CSHP Initiatives
Our staff is currently working with three states--Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina--to help them with their coordinated school health programs (CSHPs). Participation in this process means working with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) to create state-local partnerships that can, in turn, support school-community partnerships in implementing CSHPs. 
The Concept to Action section is used to report on what we and the states learn about partnership development—effective strategies, barriers and problems, and opportunities for action.

Highlighted  in this section is a guide developed by EDC staff and North Carolina Healthy Schools on the state's CSHP initiative.  This document, Words of Wisdom from CSHP Experts: A North Carolina Guide, summarizes lessons learned by leaders of four successful CSHPs in North Carolina. The collective wisdom of these leaders is obtained over substantial periods of time working in school systems to improve health outcomes for children, being involved in community partnerships, and promoting improved academic outcomes.  Our intention is that this document will help others in the field who are seeking guidance around their own CSHP initiative.

Return to this page in the near future to find out what other states are doing around their CSHP initiatives.

Check out the latest addition of the School Health Program Newsletter (January 2003)!  Some articles of interest you will find are:

  • Lloyd Kolbe, director of DASH/CDC, outlines a new school health framework that seeks to embrace the goals of current education reform
  • The convening of the President's Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children
  • The creation of a new national resource center on mental health funded by SAMHSA
  • The creation of a national suicide prevention resource center funded by SAMHSA
  • Current initiatives focusing on asthma
  • PLUS: Information on the latest resources and conferences

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