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CASE STUDY: Asthma Program, Los Angeles Unified School District
Program Evaluation / 2005-2014


Asthma is the one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. While the severity of asthma symptoms varies, it can cause serious health problems, and has a substantial negative impact on the quality of life of those affected. Asthma is also a major contributor to school absence and has a negative effect on school performance. In Los Angeles County, 14% of children have asthma, and asthma leads to nearly 20,000 emergency room visits each year in young people. Despite a number of effective treatments and strategies to control asthma triggers, too many children suffer from uncontrolled asthma.

In 2005, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) District Nursing Services enlisted the assistance of Dr. Montoya (services were provided through Sentient Research beginning in 2007) to evaluate an integrated series of large-scale asthma control programs impacting over 2,500 elementary, middle school, and high school students. Through these interventions, district nurses made home visits and provided education and mitigation supplies to asthmatic students and their parents. This led to a reduction in asthma symptoms and school absences due to asthma.

We evaluated this project from 2005 throgh 2014, using a longitudinal design to provide detailed monthly and annual reports of performance indicators to the LAUSD and program funders. In all, over 500 pre and post-test student participants were matched for this project. Additionally, we provided technical assistance in preparing manuscripts for publication in academic journals and presented evaluation results at meetings and conferences hosted by the funder.

Articles related to this program:

Mansfield C, Viswanathan M, Woodell C, Montoya J, et. al. Outcomes from a cross-site evaluation of a comprehensive pediatric asthma initiative incorporating translation of evidence-based interventions. Health Promotion Practice. 2011;12(6 Suppl 1):34S-51S.

Williams R, Woodell C, McCarville E, Damitz M, Banks T, Montoya J, Lesch JK, Peretz P, Lara M. Desired attributes and skills of program managers in translation of evidence-based interventions. Health Promotion Practice. 2011;12(1):82S-90S.








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