Event Title

“A is 4 Asthma” : An Interactive Web-based Asthma Education Program for Elementary School Students in Grades 4-8

Location

D1497

Start Date

1-4-2016 3:00 PM

End Date

1-4-2016 3:35 PM

Description

Asthma is the most common chronic illness among children, and the leading cause of absenteeism in this population. African American and Hispanic children are more likely to suffer from this disease. Disparities in healthcare often inhibit their access to quality care and education about their disease process. This project utilized Betty Neuman’s Systems Model to develop an interactive web-based program for children in grades 4-8. The program incorporated using technology and school community involvement to develop a comprehensive educational suite. A needs assessment was completed in two elementary schools in order to determine the extent of the problem in this age group. A Likert type survey adapted from the National Institutes for Health was the final information gathering piece. Each one of these tools produced significant information which helped to formulate the goals and objectives of the “A is 4 Asthma” interactive web based program. The program combined the use of Adobe Captivate 8 and Adobe Connect to design a comprehensive and fun instructive suite. There were a total of 144 students and 16 parent/community members who piloted the “A is 4 Asthma” program. The majority of these participants met or exceeded the 80% passing goal. Under the guiding principles of Neuman’s Model the “A is 4 Asthma” program has garnered community involvement, engaged students with and without asthma in an educational and technologically savvy program that integrates gaming in education as well as increased access to health education and care at the school/community level.

Comments

Ms. Robyn Harwell, MHS, RN is a graduate student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, College of Health and Human Services.

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“A is 4 Asthma” : An Interactive Web-based Asthma Education Program for Elementary School Students in Grades 4-8

D1497

Asthma is the most common chronic illness among children, and the leading cause of absenteeism in this population. African American and Hispanic children are more likely to suffer from this disease. Disparities in healthcare often inhibit their access to quality care and education about their disease process. This project utilized Betty Neuman’s Systems Model to develop an interactive web-based program for children in grades 4-8. The program incorporated using technology and school community involvement to develop a comprehensive educational suite. A needs assessment was completed in two elementary schools in order to determine the extent of the problem in this age group. A Likert type survey adapted from the National Institutes for Health was the final information gathering piece. Each one of these tools produced significant information which helped to formulate the goals and objectives of the “A is 4 Asthma” interactive web based program. The program combined the use of Adobe Captivate 8 and Adobe Connect to design a comprehensive and fun instructive suite. There were a total of 144 students and 16 parent/community members who piloted the “A is 4 Asthma” program. The majority of these participants met or exceeded the 80% passing goal. Under the guiding principles of Neuman’s Model the “A is 4 Asthma” program has garnered community involvement, engaged students with and without asthma in an educational and technologically savvy program that integrates gaming in education as well as increased access to health education and care at the school/community level.