Living With Asthma Night

October 16, 2007

On Tuesday, October 16th, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the Dudley Greenhut Auditorium at Sacred Heart Hospital, over 70 people enjoyed the Second Annual "Living With Asthma Night", a creative community event for children, parents and families who are affected by asthma, sponsored by the Partnership for Kid's Health, a collaborative group of Community-based organizations which includes Health First Network, the Escambia County Health Department, Escambia County School District, American Lung Association, Sacred Heart Hospital, MED3000, United Way and HealthEase Health Plans. This year's theme for the event was "On the Roadway to Asthma Health". In addition to Health First Network, sponsors included Sacred Heart Health System, HealthEase and Apria HealthCare. Glaxo-Smith-Kline provided unbranded patient education materials.

The focus on Asthma education and management was selected as a primary community-based event by the Partnership for Kid's Health because research by the Escambia Health Dept. and School District of Escambia County has shown that Pediatric Asthma continues to be the number one reason for school absences in our community and among the top 3 conditions for Emergency Room visits.

Opening remarks to the event were given by Dr. William Whibbs, Medical Director for Health First Network and Dr. John Lanza, Medical Director for the Escambia Health Department, who provided community health statistics on Asthma to attendees. Participating in this year's "Living with Asthma Night" event was Dr. William Whibbs in the "Ask the Doctor" booth, and Dr. Thomas Westbrook in the "Asthma Medications" Booth. Patsy Malley of the American Lung Association was the facilitator and "Traffic Guard" for the event, directing attendees along the "Roadway to Asthma Health". MED3000 Nurses and School Nurses and Health and Wellness staff from the Escambia County Department of Health and School District provided family-centered interactive games and activities that were fun, informational and educational. Sacred Heart Hospital Education Department provided Smoking Cessation information and Asthma Resource information. Nutritional information was provided by a school dietician and Gentiva Health Services provided information on the use, care and cleaning of asthma-related medical equipment.

If the length of time people spend at an event is any indication of their enjoyment, the event was a huge success, as most of the attendees did not leave until the conclusion of the event, enjoying good food, fun, and a final dance number in which the School Nurses and children attending the event laughed and danced to the "Chicken Dance".

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