Open Airways for Schools
Initiative Description: Fourteen elementary schools with high rates of asthma-related hospital utilization were grouped according to school size, percentage of children with asthma enrolled, and percentage of children eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Schools were randomized to either a nurse CM intervention or a usual care (UC) condition. In CM schools, nurse case managers conducted Weekly group sessions incorporating the Open Airways curriculum, followed up on students’ school absences, and coordinated students’ asthma care with families, school personnel, and medical providers.
Level of Evidence: Very Good