Statewide asthma emergency protocol established

RHA leads efforts to pass statewide legislation to improve asthma emergency protocol in schools. The legislation requires the Illinois State Board of Education to develop a model emergency response protocol, and for school districts to implement their emergency protocols by January 1, 2017. The legislation also requires school staff who work with students with asthma to complete training. Schools need to request an asthma action plan each year from parents or guardians of a student with asthma. RHA works with Illinois Department of Public Health to develop statewide training materials, including an educational webinar which is viewed by more than 4,000 school staff.