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* Its prevalence has been increasing.
* Asthma-tracking efforts at the state and local levels have, however, been limited.
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* The Pennsylvania Pennsylvania (pĕnsəlvā`nyə), one of the Middle Atlantic states of the United States. It is bordered by New Jersey, across the Delaware River (E), Delaware (SE), Maryland (S), West Virginia (SW), Ohio (W), and Lake Erie and New York Department of Health (PADOH) initiated the Asthma School Project in 2004.
* The project tracked childhood asthma in Pennsylvania school districts through the existing reporting system.
* Since 1997-1998, school nurses in Pennsylvania have reported
-- a count of the total number of students with asthma,
-- the average daily enrollment, and
-- the calculated rate (percentage) of students with asthma for each school district.
* They identify students with asthma on the basis of family and medical information made available to them.
* The reporting of asthma by school nurses appears to be a reliable data source.
* The project also found that asthma has increased steadily from a low of 6.6 percent during 1997-1998 to a high of 9.2 percent during 2002-2003.
* The participating school districts had the highest rates of asthma in Pennsylvania.
* PADOH could nevertheless find no obvious environmental factors associated either with prevalence rates or with unusual asthma episodes.
* The Asthma School Project also provided head school nurses with paper and electronic copies of a PADOH-approved Asthma Action Plan.
* The goal of the action plan was to encourage nurses, parents, students, and physicians to coordinate each child's asthma management.
* Also as part of the project, PADOH held an asthma training session in each community for school nurses and care providers.
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* The authors encourage other jurisdictions to track asthma rates in schools and investigate potential environmental exposures in homes and schools.
* Such efforts could provide information to help define and address many of the issues and questions about asthma in schools.