A Preparatory Course for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board Examination
March 9 & 10, 2007
Santa Barbara City College - Adult Education
300 N Turnpike Rd
Sponsored by: Santa Barbara City College Adult Education
In collaboration with the:
American Lung Association of California
and the Action on Asthma Coalition
Who should attend this Institute?
The Need for an Asthma Educator Institute
Asthma has been recognized as a growing critical public health issue. The United States Department of Health and Human Services has described asthma as an epidemic due to its steady increase and its severity. An estimated 3.9 million Californian children and adults report that they have been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their lives (CHIS, 2001). Asthma is also responsible for approximately 40,000 hospitalizations and 600 deaths annually in California. 7% of children in our community have daily symptoms of asthma.
To reduce asthma's impact, it's critical to standardize asthma education amongst healthcare professionals. One of the key goals of the Strategic Plan for Asthma in California is to "optimize the diagnosis, treatment and management of asthma in California by adherence to the current National Health, Lung and Blood Institute's asthma guidelines."
The goal of the Asthma Educator Institute is to prepare healthcare professionals to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Exam. This exam was developed through the National Asthma Education Certification Board whose mission is to promote optimal asthma management and quality of life among individuals with asthma, their families and communities, by advancing excellence in asthma education through the certified asthma educator process.