Asthma Resources

Here you will find resources for school asthma programs, including information on managing medication at school.

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention Initiative (RAMP)

RAMP is a regional coalition committed to addressing asthma morbidity and mortality. It is composed of health departments, health plans, community-based organizations, hospitals, government agencies, providers, and community members in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Solano counties. Visit RAMP’s website to sign up for email updates, view past RAMP newsletters, and access a wide array of RAMP tools.

The California School-Based Health Alliance has partnered with RAMP to develop a comprehensive guide to support school-based health center staff in leading or supporting evidence-based strategies and promising practices to reduce exposure to environmental asthma triggers. You can also see success stories from SBHCs that implemented asthma interventions.

An updated tips for success guide is based on experiences SBHCs had in implementing strategies and provides six key practices to reduce asthma triggers.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Lung Diseases and Conditions Resources

This website has resources on best practices for asthma management, including a guide for schools.

American Lung Association’s Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative

This toolkit was developed by the American Lung Association‘s Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative. It is a planning tool that helps community organizations collaborate with schools to create comprehensive asthma management systems. The toolkit can be used to ensure that children with asthma are healthy, in school, and ready to learn.

Get more information on the American Lung Association’s educational programs, including the Open Airways for Schools curriculum for children aged 8-11.

California Breathing

California Breathing is a program of the California Department of Public Health charged with implementing components of the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California. California Breathing has also put together Asthma QuickTakes, a series of three brief training videos, and accompanying resources, specifically for schools. These training videos address Emergency Response, Indoor Asthma Triggers, and Outdoor Asthma Triggers.

Medication Management At School

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools provides general guidance, safety checklists, and other useful resources to help schools effectively manage the administration of medication to students.

Asthma and the Achievement Gap Among Urban Minority Youth

This article, by Charles E. Basch, includes a chapter on asthma. It describes how disproportionate rates of asthma among urban minority youth contribute to the achievement gap and outlines ways schools can help.

CDPH Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools (CLASS)

The Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools project helps school districts transition to healthier and asthma-safer cleaning products and practices.