The New York State Department of Health launched an asthma web site for all New Yorkers to obtain current information on asthma surveillance, interventions, asthma care and educational materials. (For more information: http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/asthma/index.htm)
New York State Asthma Outcomes Learning Network
The New York State Department of Health Asthma Program has partnered with the National Initiative for Children's Health Care Quality and the 11 regional asthma coalitions for the purpose of improving the quality of asthma care among children in New York. Each year, 11 asthma improvement teams receive training in quality improvement practices, then apply these methods locally and share key learning principles and results through this network.
Regional Asthma Coalitions
Eleven regional asthma coalitions work to mobilize community resources to reduce morbidity and mortality through advocacy, education, partnerships and interventions. Program results indicate this is an effective mechanism for addressing asthma regionally. (For more information: http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/asthma/coalitions.htm)
School-Based Health Center Asthma Learning Collaborative
An Asthma Learning Collaborative pilot program with a focus on improving asthma care is being conducted in five school-based health centers located in East and Central Harlem. The aim of this initiative is to improve the system of care within the centers to provide better care and improve outcomes for all children with asthma, especially among children with poorly controlled asthma. This 18-month initiative uses the Breakthrough Series methodology developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
The New York State Department of Health asthma program has partnered with the National Association of School Nurses School Nurse Asthma Management Program and the New York State Regional Asthma Coalitions to provide comprehensive asthma education and resources to school nurses in New York State. A school nurse trainer is located in most asthma coalition regions; since 2006, more than 500 school nurses have been trained.
Treatment of Students with Asthma
The 1998 legislation (Education Law 16, Article 19, Section 916) requires schools and BOCES to allow students who have been diagnosed by a physician with a severe asthmatic condition to carry and use prescribed inhalers during the school day.