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Children’s Environmental Health Promotion

Asthma Patient Education

The Children's Environmental Health Promotion program can provide the following services and information to San Francisco Health Network providers and their clients regarding asthma.

  • Education
    • Basic facts about asthma (i.e. anatomy and physiology)
    • Function of asthma medications, importance of correct usage, possible side effects
    • Warning signs and early symptoms of an asthma attack
    • Asthma triggers and ways to reduce and control them
    • Consumer information about asthma and allergy products (e.g. what works and where to get it)
    • Educational booklets, information sheets and videos
  • Skill building
    • Evaluation of how patient uses his/her MDI, spacer, and/or nebulizer
    • Feedback and instruction on the proper use of the above mentioned devices
    • Instructions on how to use a peak flow meter and how to record/monitor peak flow measurements
    • Review of the asthma action plan and its use
    • Assistance in developing an action plan to reduce/control asthma triggers within the home
    • Assistance with the implementation of environmental control measures
  • Assessments
    • Assessments of asthma medications: what kinds of medicines are in the home and how to use them
    • Environmental home assessment (which may include allergen measurement)
  • Allergy control products
    • Micro-filtration vacuum bags
    • Mold and dust cleaning supplies
    • Filters for vents
    • Mattress and pillow covers
  • Referrals
    • Referral for building/environmental health problems (code violations, mold, cockroaches, rodents)
    • Referral to social, health and other resources as needed