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Six States Named to National Asthma & Allergy Honor Roll
Date:8/11/2008

ergic diseases such as nasal and skin allergies. Asthma alone accounts for one-quarter of all emergency room visits in the U.S. annually, and asthma is the #1 chronic cause of school absenteeism, accounting for nearly 13 million missed school days each year.

"Asthma and allergies have a major effect on schools and student performance," according to Mary Brasler, EdD, MSN, AAFA's Director of Programs and Services, "so it's important to see which states are making strides to address these issues," she said. "When we recognize high-performing states, it shows everyone in the asthma and allergy community that progress can be made. It also gives people in other states the confidence to push for similar progress in their schools."

About the Research

AAFA research and policy experts, in consultation with leaders in the fields of medicine, education and advocacy, identified 18 types of "core policy standards" grouped into three broad categories relating to asthma and allergies, including:

-- Medication & Treatment

-- Awareness

-- School Environment

Researchers determined which states had most or all of the 18 policy standards in place and considered these states to be at the forefront of asthma and allergy school advocacy. States with a minimum of 15 of the 18 policy standards in place were named "Honor Roll" states. AAFA recognized these states as good models for policymakers, administrators, teachers, parents and advocates in other states.

Some of the 18 policy standards reviewed for each state include policies protecting a student's right to carry medications, nurse-to-student ratios, emergency protocols for asthma and allergy attacks, indoor and outdoor air quality, smoking and tobacco prohibitions, student health recordkeeping and more. A description of the 18 policy standards, summary charts, methodology and more is available in the complete report at http://w
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SOURCE The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
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