Leveraging Partnerships: Families, Schools, and Providers Working Together to Improve Asthma Management

Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2016 Oct;16(10):74. doi: 10.1007/s11882-016-0655-0.


Asthma is one of the most common illnesses of school-aged children and can lead to both health and educational disparities. Children from low socioeconomic backgrounds and racial/ethnic minorities suffer the greatest impact. They often lack the asthma self-management skills to successfully monitor, navigate, and negotiate appropriate asthma care. School settings are a strategic point of contact for this additional support. School nurses can monitor for signs of asthma worsening, manage symptoms, provide care coordination, and reinforce self-management skills. Likewise, school-based asthma programs have the potential to reduce health and educational disparities, but it is the strong linkage to the asthma care provider that is critical to successful school-based asthma management. Healthcare providers are encouraged to establish partnerships with families through patient-centered care and schools through clear communication and care coordination to ensure asthma is well controlled so the child is in school and ready to learn.

Keywords: Asthma; Asthma management; School-based asthma program; Step up.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / diagnosis*
  • Asthma / therapy*
  • Child
  • Disease Management
  • Health Personnel / standards*
  • Humans
  • School Health Services / standards*
  • Self Care