From 2010-2011, Public Health Foundation (PHF) Quality Improvement (QI) Experts worked with four teams in the Knoxville, Tennessee area to achieve improvements in the management and control of asthma through use of QI tools and methods. As a result of the QI training, a team from the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) and the Knox County Schools (KCS) created a community initiative brand “It takes a village to care for a child with Asthma” as well as a Teacher Asthma Reference Card (pictured below). The Teacher Asthma Reference Card was modeled after an emergency response card and distributed to all KCHD employees and KCS staff to be carried with their identification badges prior to the 2011-2012 school year. The card contains the bulleted steps for response to an asthma attack based on severity of symptoms. An asthma toolkit for school nurses, parent-fact sheets, and an online learning module on asthma for teachers were also developed and are being piloted tested and evaluated in the 2011-2012 school year. All products were developed with the goal of reducing the negative impact of asthma.
For more information on this project, a full report, one-page summaries and related resources are available on the Asthma QI Demonstration Project page.