Asthma 411 in Action: What You Need to Know

Asthma is among the most common pediatric chronic conditions and affects over 6 million US children. Asthma is associated with high economic costs, school and work absences, academic risks, lost school funds, emergency department use, hospitalizations, and death. These outcomes represent a heavy burden for children and families from all backgrounds and are especially difficult for those experiencing other economic and social risks. The good news is that we know what practices reduce the burden of asthma, the challenge is putting these practices in action. This module presents the Asthma 411 model, a comprehensive, evidence-based school asthma program. The module also addresses the implementation of the Asthma 411 model during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

COVID-19 recommendations and policies continue to change as knowledge and the pandemic develop. This CEU contains information available at the time of development. Please be aware of district and state guidelines to assure you act on the most current guidance.

Target Audience
This activity is intended for nurses.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Define the goal of Asthma 411 and list the three primary components of the program. 
  2. Recognize symptoms of respiratory distress and provide the appropriate acute and follow-up care.
  3. Describe the importance of asthma self-management education.
  4. Identify environmental triggers within a school setting to promote the asthma-friendly school initiative.
  5. Demonstrate how to use a Metered Dose Inhaler using best practices. 
  6. Employ an educational technique so that you can teach your patients how to use these inhalers.
  7. Implement the Asthma 411 model during the COVID-19 pandemic, using a metered-dose inhaler with the LiteAire disposable spacer.


Leslie Allsopp, MSN, MPH, PhD

Dr. Allsopp is Program Manager for Asthma 411 with SaferCare Texas, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has been a key member of the Asthma 411 team since the program's pilot dissemination to North Texas in 2013 and has played an instrumental role in the program's expansion and sustainment within ten Independent School Districts in and around Tarrant County. Allsopp’s work in public health began 30 years ago, as a Peace Corps Volunteer with the Red Cross. Earlier professional experience includes being a family nurse practitioner providing primary health care services to diverse, low-resource, urban populations in a range of community-based settings, including school-based clinics.

Kim Nguyen, MS

Kim Nguyen is the former Project Coordinator for Asthma 411 with SaferCare Texas, at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and holds a Master’s in Medical Science. Her professional career has included the provision of health education in a variety of settings ranging from Emergency Departments to K-12 schools. Ms. Nguyen has a personal understanding of asthma as she was diagnosed at a young age. Through her personal and professional experience, she has developed and implemented a wealth of innovative asthma education programs and materials that incorporate health literacy principles.

Kate Taylor, DNP

Dr. Kate Taylor is an experienced board-certified family nurse practitioner with 22 years in health care. Dr. Taylor is active in clinical education with UNTHSC health professions students and SaferCare Texas, improving safety in care delivery.



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Accreditation Designations and Statements
UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (05/08/2020 to 06/29/2020)

This activity provides up to 1 contact hours.

Learning Outcome: Nurses will increase knowledge of the Asthma 411 model, a comprehensive, evidence-based school asthma program, to support children and families burdened with the chronic struggles of asthma.

Statements of participation will indicate hours and CEUs based on participation and will be issued online at the conclusion of the activity.

Successful completion includes completing the activity, its accompanying evaluation, posttest (score 70% or higher), and requesting credit online at the conclusion of the activity.

Nursing- California Board of Nursing 

UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1 Contact Hours. (06/29/2020 to 05/08/2022)

Certificate of Attendance
The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.0 hours of participation.



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Institutional Review Board

Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.

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