AAE’s Ask The Expert 

In this section, members of AAE can submit questions related to asthma care, education, billing, reimbursement, community resources, etc. A question will periodically be selected and sent to an AAE member who is considered an “expert” in that area. The expert will then write a short response which will be posted on the website along with a photo and short biography highlighting the author’s expertise. 

Please email your questions to Greg Metz.

What is the Community Health Worker Program?

Meet the Expert

Traci Hardin, AE-C

Traci is a Certified Asthma Educator and Holds a Masters of Health in Health Promotion and Educator.

Traci established Breathe Well SC, LLC, to offer asthma education training throughout the state to groups that care for children with asthma. She has a passion for community based interventions and found my “niche” offering asthma education workshops to better equip groups, such as school and childcare center personnel, to care for children with asthma.

Traci has been integral in developing AAE’s Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker Program. Its purpose is to create a national asthma training program to prepare entry-level community health workers to effectively educate clients about basic asthma management.

September 16, 2017

Expert: Traci Hardin

Response is written by our AAE expert Traci Hardin who was instrumental in the development of the CHW program. 

The goal of AAE's Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker Program is to prepare entry-level community health workers (CHW) to effectively provide basic asthma management education.   The specific aims are to:

  • Ensure community health workers receive a consistent high-quality curriculum       
  • Provide an effective nationally available low-cost program
  • Facilitate community health worker’s communication with clinical mentors for professional  development

The AAE is dedicated to supporting the asthma educational needs of Community Health Workers by providing a comprehensive training program based on the national asthma guidelines.   As a result, the Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker program was carefully designed and reviewed by over 35 asthma educators around the nation to ensure participants receive a high-quality curriculum.  It includes five separate teaching modules (each 90-120 minutes in length) as well as a comprehensive evaluation. 

The Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker program covers basic information about asthma.  Participants who successfully complete the program and earn a satisfactory score on the comprehensive exam will earn an AAE Certificate of Completion.  To earn the certificate of completion, the AAE is requiring that the program be taught by a Certified Asthma Educator and that the participant show a higher than average understanding of the information.  Our goal is for the medical community to hold this certificate of completion earned by CHWs in high esteem to further build their confidence in having community health workers included in the asthma care team.

  • The AAE is pleased to announce that Mylan has provided generous support to help with the development of a Module 6 of the CHW program which will focus on expanding information about generics and frequently asked questions.   Keep your eye out for updates on this wonderful addition to the CHW program! 

Please visit:
Community Health Worker
 to learn more about the program and preview a video module.

Previous "Ask the Expert" Answers

June 15, 2017: What Are Ways to Incorporate/Engage Kids and Teens into Being Active Participants in Their Asthma Care? Melissa Penkalski, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, AE-C

April 16, 2017- What Are Some School Resources for Asthma? Answered by Mona Tsoukleris, MS, PharmD

Dec 1, 2016- What are ways the asthma educator can elicit hidden health beliefs that may impact adherence to asthma medications? Answered by Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN

August 16, 2016 What are some common mistakes children and caretakers do when using an MDI inhaler? (PDF) Inhalation Instruction Guidelines for Educators and Clinicians (PDF) Ben Francisco. PhD, PNP, AE-C

May 19, 2016 - What are ways to increase community awareness about asthma? (PDF)
Answered by Karen L. Gregory DNP, APRN, CNS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC

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