Students Breathe Easier with Asthma Management Screenings and Education

Community-based asthma screening and education program

Beth Israel Hospital Association developed Passaic Asthma Reduction Effort (PARE!). PARE! assessed the incidence of asthma in the city of Passaic and developed an asthma management plan focused on the city's Hispanic population.

From late summer of 1997 through 1998, project staff conducted an aggressive marketing campaign, surveyed third graders and their parents about the children's symptoms and provided asthma screenings through spirometry readings.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program (for more information see Program Results).

Key Results:

  • Project staff surveyed 978 third graders and 1,029 parents about their children's demonstrated symptoms.
  • Staff identified the presence of cockroaches and smoking in the home as household conditions associated with abnormal spirometry readings in children.
  • Staff developed and administered a survey of asthmatic children's families to learn about asthma management issues they faced.