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Asthma Education Program | Overview


  • any patient between the ages of 0 to 21 at the Martha Eliot Health Center diagnosed with asthma

Goals and services

  • help you to understand your child’s asthma symptoms and medications
  • make necessary adjustments to your child’s medication plan
  • identify your child’s asthma triggers and help to reduce them
  • recognize community resources
  • provide support services through social work, community agencies, and your child’s school system
  • administer annual flu vaccines
  • assist families with smoking cessation and decreasing exposure to second-hand smoke
  • manage your child’s asthma along with their physician or nurse practitioner
  • act as the link between your child’s primary care physician and specialty services to make sure your child receives the best treatment for them

Contact information

About asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation and spasm of the airways. This causes breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma can be triggered by environmental factors, infections, allergies, exercise, temperature changes, or other airway irritants.

Patient resources

The Asthma Education Program at Martha Eliot Health Center provides intervention and prevention for pediatric and adolescent patients and families who suffer from asthma. A nurse practitioner stationed within both departments heads the program. She works with the providers in both the pediatric and adolescent departments to develop a plan to help monitor and control the patients with asthma in order to prevent a future asthma attack. The nurse practitioner and physician supply the patient with educational materials, appropriate medication, and most importantly give consistent and quality care.

Gwen, a softball catcher, throws to a base.

Meet Gwen

She pushes herself to excel in everything she does: schoolwork, debate, softball. But it took time for her to accept that she has asthma.