Asthma Advocacy Program

Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Asthma Advocacy Program

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Kathleen Shanovich

(608) 262-8060

Asthma advocacy program: Three young girlsAmerican Family Children’s Hospital contributes to and supports asthma advocacy and education through a number of programs and initiatives.

What do we do?

Our organization helps children with asthma and their families learn about asthma and how to best control it by offering:

  • School Asthma Clinic: Asthma care for school-aged children, with management by school nurses. Please call (608) 263-6180 for more information.
  • Advanced asthma care: Clinic for children with difficult-to-control asthma staffed by pediatric allergy and pediatric pulmonary providers at UW Health West Clinic.
  • Asthma education: We talk to community groups about asthma essentials, including American Lung Association’s "Asthma 101" curriculum, food allergies outreach, and how to use your asthma action plan that can help keep you in the "green zone."
  • Supporting asthma care in our community: We work with families who don't have health insurance or who are on Medicaid to identify available asthma resources.

Our free, one-day Asthma Camp teaches kids that asthma doesn't mean you can't play and exercise.Asthma Camp

During this one-day, free camp on Friday, June 10, 2016, for students grades 1-5 our asthma experts:

  • Teach kids how to use their inhalers and spacers
  • Tell kids with asthma what happens during an asthma attack, and the best ways to control them
  • Organize tae kawn doe and hip-hop dance activities to show kids that asthma doesn't mean they can't exercise
  • Play educational, asthma-themed games

Iggy and the Inhalers

Our asthma camp experts use materials from Iggy and the Inhalers for the educational component of camp. Who are Iggy and the Inhalers? Let them teach you a little bit about asthma.

Out Run Asthma 5K

A charity 5K run/walk designed to raise community awareness about asthma. Proceeds support Madison Asthma Camp along with other local asthma educational opportunities. This year’s run is scheduled for August 13, 2016, including a new one-mile fun run/walk for children.

Asthma Clinical Research

Learn more about current research studies for children and adults by calling 1-877-WI-ASTHMA (1-877-942-7846).

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