RAMP Launches National School-Based Health Center Asthma Learning Collaborative

Continuing our work to increase the number of school-based health centers (SBHCs) integrating environmental asthma interventions into their services, RAMP and the California School-Based Health Alliance have launched the National Asthma Learning Collaborative consisting of eight SBHCs from across the country, each of which will implement an environmental intervention. The SBHC locations are:

  • Cincinnati, Ohio (2 different SBHCs)
  • East Windsor, Connecticut
  • Hempstead, New York
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Richmond, California
  • Watertown, New York

As part of this work, RAMP hosted a half-day in-person meeting in Washington, DC on June 29th, in coordination with the National School-Based Health Alliance Convention. At that meeting, we had three presentations: RAMP’s Director Anne Kelsey Lamb and our partner at the California School-Based Health Alliance presented on the content of the Asthma Environmental Intervention Guide for School-Based Health Centers; Sheila Brown, a Program Officer from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, presented on how the SBHC work fits into the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities; and Mary-Beth Malcarney, Executive Director of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition, presented on opportunities related to sustainable financing for asthma services. Since then, we’ve had one web-based meeting with the eight SBHCs to provide opportunities for peer dialogue on the topics of: group education, patient recruitment, and youth engagement.

RAMP has also continued the series of trainings that share information about the five broad strategies discussed in the Asthma Environmental Intervention Guide: education; case management; improving indoor air quality in schools; improving the students’ home environments; and, improving outdoor air quality around the school and community. In the trainings, we provide an overview of the strategy, point to specific tools and resources, and share examples of how SBHC staff can lead or support implementation. RAMP conducted a training in Washington DC, on June 29th as part of the National School-Based Health Alliance Convention. This was separate from the convening of the National Asthma Learning Collaborative and was open to all convention participants. We also presented in New Orleans on September 30th as part of a day-long conference on asthma that the Louisiana School-Based Health Alliance will host, and in Saratoga, New York on October 20th as part of the New York School-Based Health Alliance’s annual conference. We will present in Albuquerque, New Mexico next April 18th as part of a state wellness conference in partnership with the New Mexico Alliance for School-Based Health Care.