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October Is Childrens Health Month!
“Help Kids Be Ready to Learn”

Asthma affects the lives of more than 6 million children in America. It disproportionately affects minority children and accounts for millions of lost school days, making it a leading cause of school absenteeism. Taking steps to manage asthma will help children be ready to learn. For example, the Colorado Step Up Asthma Program [ ] is a comprehensive school-centered asthma management program that is working to reduce the frequency of school absence due to asthma in children of Denver, Colorado.

This October, visit [ ] to connect with programs in your area, access key resources and take action to promote healthy environments where children live, learn and play.

New Video Resource: Asthma, School and You

Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital CHAMP Program [ ], a 2015 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management [ ] winner, produced Asthma, School and You [ ], a video on managing asthma in the school environment, including tips for addressing environmental concerns. There is a version for school staff and parents [ ] and a version for children [ ].

Learn more and access the videos here [ ].

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Evaluation of the Environmental Scoring System in Multiple Child Asthma Intervention Programs in Boston, Massachusetts

A study in Boston, Massachusetts, found the Massachusetts Department of Public Healths Environmental Scoring System (ESS) to be a useful tool for measuring home asthma triggers. Researchers also determined that the ESS can be applied regardless of program and survey designs and that the demographics of the target population could influence the level of improvement in asthma outcomes. The study results were published in the “American Journal of Public Health.” Read the full study here [ ].

Watch this archived webinar [ ] to hear how the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health use the ESS to help their asthma home visiting programs quantitatively assess asthma triggers.

The ESS tool is available upon request. Email Erica Marshall at with the subject line Request for ESS tool.

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