School Wide Activity

The Kunsberg School

Initiative Description: The Kunsberg School in Denver, Colorado, enrolls children with chronic diseases, including asthma, into a daily program of school-based disease management. Students enrolled take medical education classes. These classes are designed to educate the students and their families about illness and to encourage self-care through learning about treatment and management techniques. Emphasis is placed on the students accepting responsibility and learning to deal realistically with illness.

Study Results: Improved asthma control and reduced disease severity for at-risk inner-city asthmatic children, leading to cost reduction for asthma management.

Reference: Anderson, M. E., Freas, M. R., Wallace, A. S., Kempe, A., Gelfand, E. W., & Liu, A. H. (2004). Successful school-based intervention for inner-city children with persistent asthma. Journal Of Asthma, 41(4), 445-453.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good