School-Based Health Centers: Leaders in Reducing Environmental Asthma Triggers

School-based health centers (SBHCs) are uniquely positioned to play a critical role in asthma management by delivering quality clinical care; providing asthma education to students, parents, teachers and communities; and working collaboratively to reduce environmental asthma triggers. Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) is a project of the Public Health Institute that has worked in partnership with the California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA) to develop resources for SBHCs. In 2015, RAMP and CSHA developed the Asthma Environmental Intervention Guide for School-Based Health Centers, outlining five broad strategies to reduce environmental asthma triggers. Since that time, RAMP has supported 27 SBHCs across the country in implementing those strategies and most recently developed another tool based on RAMP’s experiences. The new tool, Tips for Success! School-Based Health Centers: Leaders in Reducing Environmental Asthma Triggers, shares six key tips:

  1. Assess the problem creatively.
  2. Select an intervention.
  3. Build relationships and obtain buy-in.
  4. Achieve success with your community.
  5. Develop a plan of action and implement the work.
  6. Connect with others and expand your impact.

Along with lessons learned and best practices included in the tool, these tips can help SBHCs in reducing environmental asthma triggers by outlining steps to effectively implement interventions tailored to the unique needs of their communities so that they may achieve the greatest impact.

Learn more about how SBHCs can be leaders in environmental asthma management by downloading the Tips for Success tool today!