Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Linking Clinics and schools to improve asthma control and reduce health disparities

How can we improve communication between schools and clinicians in order to develop support systems for children with severe asthma with health disparities?


How can we eliminate inefficiency in medical communication to better serve children with severe asthma?

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? Compelling Question (CQ)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC

Children with asthma, especially severe asthma, are compromised by school absence and sleep disturbance. School scan play a significant role in identifying these children, assisting in monitoring their adherence to therapy and supporting the clinician's management plan. However, steps must be taken to improve communication systems that link clinics to schools and allow schools to communicate effectively with clinicians. While systems are in place for some schools that have active asthma management programs, there are many schools that do not have these resources or infrastructure. Model systems can be developed to assist these schools and improve the overall care of asthma in the United States.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC

Challenges that must be overcome is standardization of communication forms and harmonization of approach to asthma care, as well resolving barriers that exist due to confidentiality barriers in sharing medical information.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Stanley Szefler, MD


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Idea No. 630