Environmental Change – Policy

The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative


Initiative Description: The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative. Participating school personnel received a 30-minute, in-person asthma training.
Asthma Regional Coordinators conducted campus walkthroughs accompanied by school maintenance and custodial staff to identify potential asthma triggers. “No bus idling” and no tobacco policies.

Study Results: Asthma knowledge/awareness was measurably improved among school personnel. School indoor air quality was improved across all locations. School-level polices were adopted that improved AAP collection, compliance to bus-idling restrictions, and asthma medication self-carry.

Reference: Nuss, H. J., Hester, L. L., Perry, M. A., Stewart-Briley, C., Reagon, V. M., & Collins, P. (2016). Applying the social-ecological model to creating asthma-friendly schools in Louisiana. Journal Of School Health, 86(3), 225-232.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good