This symposium will feature three innovative programs for delivering care to patients with asthma. A clinic-based program originating in Italy includes a 3-visit model of assessment, tailored treatment, and education. A school-based model in the U.S. builds partnerships among schools, clinicians, and families. A program out of Japan certifies patients to become peer educators to improve asthma management. All three programs, while clearly very different from each other, are evidence-based and have improved asthma control while decreasing healthcare utilization. 

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize new and innovative programs to improve asthma care.
  • Describe  specific strengths and unique characteristics of each program.
  • Explore how to adopt these programs in new settings, countries, and cultures.


Moderator Introduction
Stanley  J. Szefler, MD FAAAAI
Children's Hospital Colorado

A Clinic-Based Program Using a 3-Visit Model of Assessment, Tailored Treatment, and Education in Italy
Sebastiano Guarnaccia, MD
University of Brescia

A Peer Education Program to Improve Asthma Control in Adults in Japan
Michiko Haida, MD PhD
Hanzoumon Hospital

A School-Based Model That Builds Partnerships Among Schools, Clinicians, and Families
Sujani Kakumanu, MD FAAAAI
University of Wisconsin

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