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School Screening Success!

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This spring, the Utah Asthma Coalition provided free asthma screenings at parent teacher conferences and kindergarten registration at schools across Cache Valley.

One in ten children have asthma, it is the most chronic condition in children under 18. On average an asthmatic child will miss five days of school per year because of side effects of the disease. Even when asthma symptoms are not severe enough to require care it can affect their sleep, play and performance in school. Our goal is to reach as many children and families as possible to help with education and support of their asthma. Our presence at these events allows parents the opportunity to talk with our coalition members, have their questions answered and receive information for more in depth screenings.

Misunderstandings about symptoms and treatment is a common factor in the proper care of asthma. We as the Utah Asthma Coalition want to see our valleys children miss less school days, and learn to properly care for their asthma with our help. We our partnerships with Cache Valley schools that allow the Utah Asthma Coalition to provide life changing intervention. Thank you Cache County School District, Logan School District and Thomas Edison Charter School South for helping to facilitate so many successful screenings!

Who are we?

The short answer is: we are parents, teachers, medical professionals, and family members of people with asthma. We’re here to help people with asthma manage and control their condition.

The long answer is we’re a non-profit focused on improving the health of the community by helping asthma patients manage their chronic condition independently.

Asthma is a unique condition. While there is no confirmed cure for asthma, the condition can be managed through proper medication and prevention. We perform assessments and screenings to help individuals better understand their condition and pass along the information to the traditional general practice doctor that patient sees to make sure everyone is on the same page.

The good news is help is here. The even better news is that 100% of the donations and grants the Utah Asthma Coalition receives goes to intervention and patient care. We are lean and mean in the fight against asthma and we are confident in our ability to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and ER visits.

To join us in beating asthma add us on Facebook or Twitter. Invite your friends, particularly those who do or may have asthma. We’d like to help out.

Coalition offers asthma screening

By Shannon Nielsen   staff writer, the Herald Journal

The Utah Asthma Coalition wants Cache Valley residents with asthma to breathe a little better.   With the launch of activities in Northern Utah and a free asthma assessment in North Logan on Thursday, the coalition is seeking to help those with asthma manage the condition.  

Ike Bennion, the director of communications for the coalition, said one of the goals for the assessment is to help prevent unnecessary hospitalization when asthma symptoms get worse.   “We hope that we can help people: One, recognize they have asthma, and two, if they do have asthma, manage their asthma,” he said.   There is a spectrum of those who suffer from asthma, he said. From those who can manage without medication to those who need a daily regimen to control symptoms, he said it’s important to understand your specific asthma needs.  

According to the Allergy Foundation of America, an average of 36,000 children miss school and 27,000 adults miss work on any given day due to asthma. Around 4,700 individuals are hospitalized each day. These hospitalizations, Bennion said, are largely avoidable when proper attention is paid to the condition.   McKenzie Reeder, the clinical director, said the target is helping those patients already diagnosed with asthma better manage symptoms and better understand medication.  

These assessments, she said, will hopefully be done twice a year to help residents be more aware of their asthma. There is no set date for the next local asthma assessment. “Winter can be a critical time for asthma management,” said Jeff Bennion, M.D., president of the coalition. “There are so many triggers that can cause attacks, such as severe cold and pollution. It is important to evaluate treatment regimens.”  

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Eli Lucero/Herald Journal  

McKenzie Reeder tests Courtnie Orton for asthma on Thursday.