Asthma: Head Start Health Services Newsletters


Asthma is a leading chronic illness among children and youth in the United States. Nearly 7.1 million asthma sufferers are under the age of 18. Children living below the poverty level, especially children in the Northeast, African Americans, and Puerto Ricans, have higher rates of asthma. It can disrupt a child’s sleep, ability to concentrate, memory, and participation in program activities. It also is a leading cause of missed school days. Programs can partner with health care providers and families to reduce children’s exposure to triggers and recognize early warning signs. Working together can also help promptly treat asthma symptoms and prevent asthma episodes.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center, National Center on Health

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Protecting Our Children From Home Health Hazards: Information for Primary Care Providers on Lead Poisoning and Asthma

WEBINAR: Thursday, May 8th 12:30pm—1:30pm EST

Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment in collaboration with the National Nursing Centers Consortium. Supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Clinical Directors Network.

As young children spend around 90% of their time in the home, with much of that time in their bedrooms, it is important to ensure that children have a healthy and safe place to live. Primary care providers can play a critical role in identifying environmental hazards in the home that impact on a child’s health by asking about environmental exposures and counseling patients on steps they can take to create a healthy home. This webinar will discuss environmental hazards in the home, with an emphasis on lead poisoning and asthma.

This session is pending for 1.0 Prescribed credit through the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). For the purposes of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification and re-certification, participants may use these contact hours.


Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP
Medical Director for National and Global Affairs & Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment
Child Health Advocacy Institute
Children’s National Health System
Professor of Pediatrics and of Environmental & Occupational Health
George Washington University

Rachael Greenberg
Environmental Health Project Coordinator
National Nursing Centers Consortium

Date: May 8th, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm EST
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For questions contact: Veronica Tinney, 202-471-4829,

Primatene Mist With Chlorofluorocarbons No Longer Available After Dec. 31, 2011

The only over-the-counter asthma inhaler sold in the United States will no longer be available next year as part of a phase-out of epinephrine inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Epinephrine CFC inhalers, marketed as Primatene Mist, are being phased out because they use CFCs as a propellant (spray) to move the medicine out of the inhaler so patients can breathe the medicine into their lungs.

Primatene Mist is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the temporary relief of occasional symptoms of mild asthma. FDA urges those who use Primatene Mist to see a health care professional now to switch to another asthma medicine.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Care for Their Air: Asthma Pilot Project for Head Start and Child Care Learning Settings

Presenters: Heidi LeSane and LaShon Blakely (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), Dorothy Mabry (Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families), Stephanie Hall (Georgia State Department of Health)

Listen to Heidi LeSane LaShon Blakely, Dorothy Mabry and Stephanie Hall share their experiences working with Head Start and Child Care communities in two Georgia counties to better integrate asthma education into program activities. Learn how you can apply their best practices and resources to create effective partnerships with federal, state and local agencies and integrate asthma education into your local Head Start and Child Care programs.


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