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Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative


The Asthma Friendly Schools Program is a statewide program spearheaded by the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).  An Asthma Friendly School supports the health and academic success of students through maximizing asthma management and reducing environmental asthma triggers in the school environment. In asthma friendly schools, students, and administrative and health suite staff work together to implement strategies that decrease asthma triggers, increase asthma knowledge, and ensure that schools are adhering to critical policies.

The hallmarks of an asthma friendly school include:

  • Students with asthma are identified and tracked
  • Asthma is managed through the use of an Asthma Action Plan and coordination of care
  • Policies are in place to ensure students have access to necessary medicine
  • Students, families, faculty, and staff receive asthma education and training
  • Asthma triggers in the school are reduced through maintenance and improved indoor air quality

Please visit the Maryland Asthma Friendly School Initiative to learn more about this program and how it can work for your school, or email GBAA for more information.