Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School

Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School is a toolkit developed to help advocates at the district and school levels persuade people in their schools and communities of the importance of asthma-friendly schools.

Creating an Asthma-Friendly School Video

DVD label

This 13-minute video shows what an asthma-friendly school is and how to make schools asthma-friendly.

View Creating an Asthma-Friendly School at CDC’s podcast site.

Tools for Planning and Facilitating a Showing of the Video

cover for Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly SchoolE-mail template Cdc-word[DOC – 24 KB] PDF format Cdc-pdf[PDF – 136 KB]
Sample text you can use or adapt to promote a showing of the Creating an Asthma-Friendly School video

Newsletter article template Cdc-word[DOC – 25 KB] PDF format Cdc-pdf[PDF – 184 KB]
Sample text you can use or adapt to share information about asthma among school-age youth and to promote the Creating an Asthma-Friendly School video and Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School toolkit in your school, district, state, or organizational newsletter

Facilitator’s Guide to Creating an Asthma-Friendly School Video Cdc-pdf[PDF – 145 KB]
Provides a brief summary of the video, learning objectives, and pre- and post-viewing questions for use in presenting the video to various audiences

Tools for Making Your School Asthma-Friendly

How Asthma-Friendly Is Your School? (NAEPP, updated 2008) Cdc-pdf[PDF – 140 KB]
Use this eight-item questionnaire to find out how well your school serves students with asthma

User guide for the Asthma Basics for Schools, Parts 1 and 2—PowerPoint® slide presentations (NAEPP, 2008) Cdc-pdf[PDF – 450 KB]
Provides suggestions for use of the PowerPoint® slides, as well as instructions for opening and printing the slide presentations

Asthma Basics for Schools, Part 1—PowerPoint® slide presentation (NAEPP, updated 2008) Cdc-ppt[PPT – 1.6 MB, save to view speaker notes] PDF format Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1.5 MB]
Use Part 1 to provide basic information about asthma at school staff meetings, PTA meetings, school board meetings, community group meetings, or elsewhere. Slide set is customizable, includes speaker notes (script and additional information to assist you in responding to questions), and a presentation feedback form

Asthma Basics for Schools, Part 2—PowerPoint® slide presentation (NAEPP, updated 2008) Cdc-ppt[PPT – 718 KB, save to view speaker notes] PDF format Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1.7 MB]
Part 2 offers guidance for addressing asthma in schools. It primarily targets school staff members but could also be used or modified for other audiences. Slide set is customizable, includes speaker notes (script and additional information to assist you in responding to questions), and a presentation feedback form

Feedback form for Asthma Basics for Schools, Parts 1 and 2—PowerPoint® slide presentations (NAEPP, 2008) Cdc-pdf[PDF – 83 KB]

Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools (NAEPP, updated 2003)External
Easy-to-use booklet developed to provide school personnel with practical ways to help students with asthma and assist schools that are planning or maintaining an asthma management program

Strategies for Addressing Asthma Within a Coordinated School Health Program, with Updated Resources (CDC, updated 2006)
Describes six key strategies for improving the health and school attendance of students with asthma

Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School. Atlanta, Georgia, 2008.

When ordering, please specify if you would like a copy of only the Creating an Asthma-Friendly School DVD, a CD-ROM of the toolkit, or the Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School toolkit (which includes the DVD and CD-ROM).