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?
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:
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.
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)