NEA launches website to meet health need

July 1, 1993

NEA launches website to meet health need

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WASHINGTON, DC—Asthma accounts for at least 10 million missed school days each year for children in grades K-12. It is the most common chronic childhood disease, afflicting one in 13 children, and representing the leading cause of child hospitalization.

To meet the growing need for school employees to know how to manage the disease, the National Education Association’s Health Information Network (NEA HIN) has launched a new website, www.asthmaandschools.org featuring comprehensive asthma resources, guidance and advice. The site is designed to help school staff, families of children who have asthma, recreation supervisors, child care providers, coaches and anyone else who regularly interacts with children.

“Asthma has reached epidemic proportions, making it absolutely critical for anyone who works at a school to know how to manage it,” said Bob Chase, president of the NEA.

Produced under a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and developed by NEA’s Health Information Network, the asthma website allows individuals and organizations to submit further information about asthma-related resources—directly on the website, www.asthmaandschools.org.

The new site refers visitors to:

l fact sheets about how to identify an asthma flare-up

l a searchable database of resources

l school-based asthma educational programs

l materials about asthma in different languages

l tips on how to create an asthma action plan for your school

The NEA Health Information Network provides school-based health and safety information to the NEA’s 2.6 million educational employees and the more than 30 million students they serve. HIN distributes health information through the NEA’s 53 state/territory affiliates as well as 13,500 local education associations.

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