‘What’s New’

Getting Started: Quick Tips

Published May - 4 - 2010

There are three main user levels in the Challenge (Families, Healthcare Providers, Legislators). What type of user am I?

People with asthma, their families and friends, and individuals who just want to join the mission to change asthma care –> Select “Families”

Healthcare providers/school nurses, members of the healthcare industry (pharmaceutical and health insurance companies) –> Select “Healthcare Providers”

Legislators, elected government officials –> Select “Legislators”

I am a parent of two (or more) children who have asthma. When taking the questionnaire, I see that I am filling it out “about the person in my life who has asthma.” Which one do I complete the questionnaire about?

Fill out the questionnaire about the person in your family who has the most severe asthma – you’ll be measuring progress at the end of the Challenge. Many of the Challenge activities are for the whole family. If you would like to complete a questionnaire for another child or friend with asthma, you can register with a different e-mail address and username.

Do I have to do the Challenges in order?

Not at all! The Great American Asthma Challenge is self-paced and designed to fit into your lifestyle. Feel free to click around and check out the different Challenges posted each month. You’ll see a variety – some quick and easy (such as reading a magazine article, sharing a link to a health resource on Facebook), others requiring more time and commitment (taking time to sleuth out the source of asthma symptoms; for legislators: hosting a town hall meeting for families with asthma and allergies).

The Great American Asthma Challenge started on May 5, 2010 – what if someone starts after that?

May 5 was the official kick-off of the program – but anyone can join at any time. When someone joins, a full, up-to-date list of Challenges will appear on the user’s dashboard.

Are there any deadlines?

No, nearly all of the Challenges are activities you should be able to do at any time. (Although there are a few seasonal and holiday-related Challenges.)

When is the Challenge over – when am I finished?

The Challenge is self-paced – you decide when you have achieved success. You could participate for a year – or if you’re having fun, learning about ways to overcome asthma, getting involved and don’t want to stop, you can keep going! At the end of the Challenge, you’ll take another questionnaire to measure progress and see what goals you’ve reached.

Got another question? Let us know!
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Challenge Chatter

Published May - 3 - 2010

So how’s it going? Are you having fun? Any questions? What has your Challenge experience been like so far? Did you learn something new about asthma in your family tree when completing Challenge 3? How many places did you visit for Challenge 11 (“Post a Poster”)? Looking for fellow volunteers in your area to coordinate for a Challenge activity? Need advice or resources? Read the rest of this entry »

When you call or e-mail AANMA’s Patient Support Center (aanmahelpline@aanma.org, 800-878-4403 ext. 117), the friendly voice of advice that you get on the other end of the line comes from Carol Jones, RN, AE-C. Carol is a registered nurse and a nationally certified asthma educator with extensive experience in pediatric and adult medicine, school nursing and asthma education. She’s also a founding member of the Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) and has served as its vice president and treasurer.

You can depend on Carol – she has been a pivotal figure in developing guidelines for asthma care, and is a respected authority on asthma and respiratory issues.

She has researched respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Yup’ik children in Alaska, as well as pediatric care for the Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Rush Presbyterian Medical Center. She co-authored outcomes of these studies and has written numerous journal articles.

Here are just a few of Carol’s activities and accomplishments:

  • Carol is a member of the National Asthma Education Certification Board, which develops tests for people who want to be certified asthma educators (AE-C).
  • She was one of the authors of the Guidelines Implementation Panel (GIP) Report for Expert Panel Report 3 – Partners Putting Guidelines into Action (GIP). GIP is the product of NIH’s NAEPP Expert Panel Report 3.
  • Carol helps develop guidelines as a member of the Food Allergy Clinical Guidelines Expert Panel for the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
  • She offers advice as a member of the Food Allergy, Anaphylaxis, Dermatology and Drug Allergy (FADDA) Interest Section for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
  • Serves on the Allied Health Program Planning Committee for AAAAI.
  • The Allied Health Group awarded Carol the “Allied Health Recognition Award” in 2003.

NFL linebacker Chris Draft doesn’t let asthma stop him. During a game in college, he remembers lying on the field gasping for breath, wondering if his football days were over. But he learned how to manage his symptoms and take care of himself, drawing on the self-sufficient mindset that his family instilled in him when he was growing up.

The proactive, “can do” approach of the Great American Asthma Challenge resonates with Chris. He motivates children and adults with asthma to take charge of their health through his off-the-field work with his foundation, the Chris Draft Family Foundation. The foundation works in partnership with school districts, local and national health organizations and nonprofit organizations to help families educate themselves about healthy lifestyles and good character. The foundation’s Asthma Team™ is a support network for people and families living with asthma.

Coming Soon: Check AANMA’s Podcasts page to hear Chris speaking at Asthma Awareness Day Capitol Hill!

First-Ever National Grassroots Movement to End Asthma Deaths in the United States

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