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SUHI Project:Sinai Asthma Education Training Institute

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Sinai Asthma Education Training Institute

Introduction:

The Sinai Asthma Education Training Institute (SAETI) was established in 2006 as a training hub for the Sinai Asthma Program.  Since 2000 the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) has been implementing community-based asthma interventions that have been successful in improving asthma symptoms and control, reducing health resource utilization, and improving quality of life for children and adults with asthma and their families1-3.  Through this extensive experience, SUHI’s Sinai Asthma Program developed its comprehensive, interactive asthma education and Community Health Worker (CHW) skills training program.  The goal of SAETI is to provide CHWs and other health care professionals locally and nationally with the skills needed in assisting children and adults with asthma to improve asthma control and lead healthier lifestyles.  In addition, SAETI aims to increase asthma awareness by providing education to staff of community-based organizations, schools, daycares, and community members so that they can work successfully with individuals, families, and communities affected by asthma. 

 

What services does the Sinai Asthma Education Training Institute offer?

1) Asthma Basics Workshops and Presentations - SAETI staff members are available locally (Chicagoland area) to make Asthma Basics presentations to interested community organizations and to provide resources at outreach events such as community and school health fairs.

2) Asthma and CHW Skills Training - SAETI can work individually with organizations interested in training CHWs and other health care staff in asthma education and skills necessary to be successful as a CHW, such as motivational interviewing and patient self-management.  This train-the-trainer workshop is conducted by a Certified Asthma Educator and senior CHWs.

3) Evaluation of CHW Readiness – In order to evaluate and ensure CHW readiness to provide asthma education in the community after completing the Asthma and CHW Skills Training, SUHI has developed a rigorous, three tier role play and evaluation process.  SAETI offers training on the use of this evaluation process and can also administer the process.  The training and administration are both conducted by a Certified Asthma Educator.

4) Sinai Asthma Program Data Collection Training – Given SUHI’s large focus on research and evaluation, the Sinai Asthma Program  has developed an extensive set of data collection and evaluation tools which are used throughout the six and twelve month CHW interventions.  SAETI can work with organizations to train them on the use of all data collection and evaluation tools in order to thoroughly evaluate their CHW asthma intervention.  This training is conducted by an Epidemiologist and a Research Assistant. 

5) Sinai Asthma Program CHW Intervention Protocols – Sinai Asthma Program has developed detailed protocols for implementing four CHW based interventions: adult six and twelve month interventions and child six and twelve month interventions.  Protocols describe what to address at each home visit throughout the interventions.  SAETI offers training on the use of the protocols, in addition to the protocols themselves, which are available for purchase. This training is conducted by a Certified Asthma Educator and/or a senior CHW.

Each of these services is available by itself or in conjunction with one or more of the other services. 

Sinai Asthma Education Training Institute (SAETI) Testimonials

SAETI has received many thoughtful testimonials of appreciation from its trainees. These statements speak to the breadth and depth of SAETI and help illustrate the significant impact made from providing trainings to groups at a variety of organizations.  To read excerpts from recent thank you notes please click the button below.

For more information or to schedule a training or workshop please contact Helen Margellos-Anast at suhi@sinai.org.

 

 Citations:

1. Margellos-Anast H, Gutierrez MA, Whitman S. Improving Asthma Management among African-American Children via a Community Health Worker Model: Findings from a Chicago-Based Pilot Intervention. Journal of Asthma 2012; May 49(4): 380–389.

2. Whitman, S. Shah, A. Benjamins, M. Urban Health: Combating Disparities with Local Data. Oxford University Press, 2010.

3. Karnick P, Margellos-Anast H, Seals G, Whitman S, Aljadeff G, Johnson D. The Pediatric Asthma Intervention: A Comprehensive Cost-Effective Approach to Asthma Management in a Disadvantaged Inner-city Community. Journal of Asthma 2007; 44:39-44.

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Resources:

Asthma Resources

Trigger Avoidance Tip Sheets (PDF Files)

Animal Dander Allergy 

Cockroach Allergy

Dust mite Allergy

Mold Allergy

Pollen Allergy

Rodent Allergy

Green Cleaning Tips

 

Animal Dander Allergy (Spanish)

Cockroach Allergy (Spanish)

Dust mite Allergy (Spanish)

Mold Allergy (Spanish)

Pollen Allergy (Spanish)

Rodent Allergy (Spanish)

 

Organizational Links

American Lung Association

Respiratory Health Association                

Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation           

Chicago Asthma Consortium (CAC)

Illinois Asthma Partnership (IDPH)

Safer Pest Control

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Disease

National Asthma Educator Certification Board

Contact Information:

For more information or to schedule a training or workshop please contact Helen Margellos-Anast at suhi@sinai.org.

 

 

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