2014 Annual Conference

  • 01 Aug 2014
  • 8:00 AM
  • 03 Aug 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hilton Palacio Del Rio, 200 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, 1-210-222-1400


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Asthma affects over 25 million people. Many of those affected are children and underserved populations. AAE’s mission is to promote asthma education as an integral comprehensive asthma program, to raise the competence of health care professionals who educate individuals and families affected by asthma, and to raise the standard of care and quality of asthma education delivered to those with asthma.

The Association’s annual conference assists us with our mission by showcasing new techniques, products, and services as well as revisiting some of the basics of asthma and asthma education.



1:00 pm
Conference Registration Begins 

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pre-Conference Session: Asthma Pharmacology: A Comprehensive Review for Prescribers
La Condesa
(separate registration required)

The presenters will examine medication recommendations from US and global asthma guidelines, provide an overview of inhalational therapies and non-pharmacological management of asthma, and discuss issues in medication adherence. 

Maureen George, (Pre-conference Coordinator) PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN
Lisa Romard, RN, MSN, CPNP, ANP, AE-C
Benjamin Francisco, PhD, PNP-BC, AE-C
Christine Wagner, RN, MSN, CPNP, FNP-BC, AE-C

Learning Outcomes 
At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
  • Examine medication recommendations from US and global asthma guidelines
  • Provide an overview of inhalational therapy
  • Discuss issues in medication adherence
  • Review common non-pharmacological management of asthma
  • Discuss the methods for developing evidence-based guidelines
  • Compare and contrast the EPR-3 to most GINA 2012 guidelines
  • Evaluate how CAM affects self-care

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
AAE Community Service Project
Castle Hills Elementary School

Coordinators: Traci Hardin, MPH, AE-C and Diane Rhodes, BBA, RRT, AE-C

The AAE believes that it is important to “give back” each year to our conference host city. The community services projects are created as a means to address the disparities in morbidity and mortality attributable to asthma among underserved populations in the local areas. This year, AAE members will be partnering with the local San Antonio Northeast Independent School District and their year-round school, Castle Hills Elementary, to present a two hour education program that consists of free asthma screening, fun, interactive asthma educational activities for the entire family and free educational materials and asthma tools through the generous donations of multiple local, state and national partners. 


6:45 am – 7:45 am
El Mirador

7:00 am
Registration Desk Opens

7:45 am – 8:00 am 
President’s Welcome & Announcements
La Vista

Presenter: Catherine Kier, MD, FAAP, FCCP, DABSM, AE-C
Bill Pruitt, MBA, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC 

8:00 am - 8:50 am
The Christine Wagner Past President’s Talk: The “Asthma Check-up” - Could it Be That Simple?
La Vista

Presenter: Ben Francisco, PhD, PNP-BC, AE-C

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to utilize suggested preventive ways to implement reimbursement strategies for asthma education and care outside the clinical setting, according to new CMS guidelines for Medicaid reimbursement.

Session Overview: In January of 2014 CMS enacted new rules allowing state Medicaid programs to reimburse for preventive and rehabilitative services that are prescribed by a health care provider. We should collaborate with state Medicaid programs to implement reimbursement strategies for asthma education and care outside the clinical setting by asthma educators, community health workers, pharmacists, school nurses and others. Preventive asthma encounters must: 1) incorporate EPR3-compliant assessments of asthma risk and impairment, 2) use standardized, multi-media programs that address cultural diversity and varying literacy levels, 3) be directed by administrative claims data and generate usable assessment data to prove cost-efficiency.

8:50 am - 9:40 am
Anaphylaxis: Advancing Proficiency in Recognition, Management and Risk Reduction 
La Vista

Presenter: Gregory Metz, MD

Learning Outcomes
Through interactive activities including role play situations, auto-injector demonstrations, and case study discussions, participants will learn how to identify and treat anaphylaxis, including biphasic anaphylaxis. 

Session Overview: Anaphylaxis is an acute, life-threatening systemic reaction. Due to the critical need for immediate treatment, it is imperative that providers be able to recognize and appropriately treat anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis management plans are increasingly advocated internationally to improve outcomes and reduce risk of recurrent reactions in people with a history of anaphylaxis. Medical facilities should have well-trained health care professionals and an established plan of action to deal with anaphylaxis that is regularly practiced and the appropriate equipment to treat anaphylaxis. In addition, strategies for reducing the risk of anaphylaxis from allergy procedures (skin testing, immunotherapy, etc.) should be implemented. 

9:40 am - 10:30 am
Meeting the Standards for Quality and Performance: the Certified ASME Program 
La Vista
Presenter: Tim Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify the 12 steps of the ASME program.
  • Describe how an existing or new asthma education and treatment program may become accredited, or how an institution or free-standing program can effectively plan an asthma education and treat program.
  • Cite existing successful asthma management programs.
Session Overview: The steps of the ASME Program will be detailed within this presentation, and attendees will be instructed how to apply for ASME certification.

10:30 am - 10:45 am

10:45 am - 12:30 pm
The Air We Breathe: Panel Presentation and Discussion of Different Aspects of Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality 
La Vista
Tim Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC, Moderator
  1. Air Pollution and Asthma - Edward Brooks, MD
  2. What Color Is Your Flag? Implementing the Ozone Flag Alert Program - Christine Wagner, RN, MSN, CPNP, FNP-BC, AE-C, and Robin Luffy, RN, MSN, CPNP, AE-C
  3. Building Success, Leading Change: NEISD’s Story of Creating Asthma Friendly Environments - Diane Rhodes, BBA, RRT, AE-C
  4. 2 + 2 Asthma Crew: Indoor Air Quality – De De Gardner, MSHP, RRT, FAARC
  5. Question & Answer Session
Learning Outcomes
  • At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Learn the effects of air pollution on the lung functions of persons with asthma.
  • Describe the effect of ozone on asthma.
  • Identify components of the Ozone Awareness Program.
  • Utilize the existing program to implement the flag program in their community.
  • Summarize NEISD's six key driver framework and its best practice strategies for achieving healthy environments as a means to improve the quality of life for the district's environmentally sensitive population.
  • Describe the importance of a comprehensive asthma program and maintaining a healthy environment for all students as it relates to school funding and productivity of student's capacity to learn.
  • Evaluate the district’s best practices used for Asthma Management /IAQ and the measured outcomes achieved.
  • Describe the importance of community service learning for respiratory therapy programs.
  • Identify key components of a collaboration between a school district and university.

12:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Lunch and Exhibits 
El Mirador
Lunch is provided and will take place in the exhibit hall.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Concurrent Sessions
  1. Spreading the Word: Strategies to Engage and Educate Healthcare Professionals 
    La Vista ABC

    Mary Cataletto, MD, AE-C

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Identify challenges to engaging adult learners in the educational process
    • Learn the benefits of teaching in the clinical setting
    • Explore strategies associated with effective clinical teaching
    Session Overview: The NAEPP – EPR-3 Expert Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma highlight the need for education at every patient-provider encounter. Insuring consistency in providing evidenced-based educational messages to our patients requires engaging and educating providers at all levels. Adult learners can be particularly challenging. Not only will educators encounter providers with varying levels of knowledge, skills and motivation, but providers will often have significant time constraints and patient care responsibilities. The clinical setting can provide opportunities for effective engagement of asthma care teams. Themes pertaining to effective communication to facilitate knowledge acquisition of key EPR-3 evidence-based asthma messages run through each of the 4 content areas with the Detailed Content Outline (DCO) for the NAECB certification examination. Level: Intermediate
  2. Pharmacology Update for Asthma Educators 
    La Vista DEF

    Robin Luffy, RN, MSN, CPNP, AE-C

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Utilize knowledge provided in an overview of current pharmacology to educate individuals with asthma across the lifespan
    • Identify appropriate doses and medication delivery systems for common asthma medications
    • Provide information to individuals with asthma in regards to minimizing medication side effects and increasing medication adherence
    Session Overview: This presentation will include an overview and discussion of the current medications for asthma management as discussed in the Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma published by the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and National Asthma Education and Prevention program (NAEPP). Medications will be presented according to drug classifications, including corticosteroids, immunomodulators, leukotriene modifiers, long acting beta agonists, methylxanthines, short acting beta agonists, and anticholinergics with the goal of helping the participant organize the variety of medications into a usable form for their practice. Age appropriate dosing, administration modes, side effects and ways to decrease their occurrence will be incorporated into the presentation. Currently available delivery devices including valved holding chambers, dry powder inhalers and metered dose inhalers will be reviewed. Assessment of asthma risk and impairment, environmental control and co-morbidities in relation to medication requirement and dosing will be addressed with asthma step up and step down therapy.
  3. Management of Severe Unresponsive Asthma Exacerbation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    Salon A

    Jared Rice, BSRT, RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • The attendee will gain an understanding of advanced methods to manage status asthmaticus.
    • The attendee will understand the various methods of mechanical ventilation that can be used to manage status asthmaticus
    • The attendee will understand the benefits and drawbacks of advanced methods for the management of status asthmaticus
    Session Overview: Methods to manage server refractory asthma in the pediatric intensive care unit will be discussed. Topics will include bronchodilator therapy, invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation, adjust therapies, and special inhaled gases.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Breakout Sessions
These sessions will be a repeat of the 2:45 pm sessions, listed above.

4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Partnership Rodeo
El Mirador

Join us for a Meet and Greet session to kick off this year’s Annual Conference, Texas-style! AAE board and committee members will be in attendance with the latest information on the partnership and involvement opportunities that await you, as a current, new or potential AAE member. Whether this year’s conference is your first rodeo, or you’re an experienced rider, we look forward to meeting you and showing you the many ways you can donate your time and talent to AAE!

Cash Bar; Hors d’oeuvres provided 


6:30 am - 7:30 am
5K Run/Walk
Participants in this year’s 5K Fun Run/Walk will join the San Antonio Road Runners for a unique way to view the beautiful and historic Riverwalk area. Sign up for the Fun Run at the registration desk, and meet the group outside the hotel entrance at 6:30 am, for an inspiring tour of San Antonio and an invigorating start to the day!
Sponsored by Teva Respiratory

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Desk Open
El Mirador

7:15 - 8:45 AM
Breakfast, Exhibits and Poster Viewing
El Mirador

Final exhibit display, drawing for prizes will occur at 8:30 AM. Must be present to win. Win free registration for next year’s meeting in Anaheim!

8:45 am - 9:45 am
Oral Abstract Presentations
La Vista

Four podium presentations. AAE will be applying for CE credits for this session.

Moderator: Catherine Kier, MD, FAAP, FCCP, DABSM, AE-C
  • Managing Asthma on College Campuses, Kevin Collins, MS, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, Debra Weiss Randall, EdD, CHES, Nicholas R. Henry, MS, RRT-NPS, AE-C
  • Clean Air for Kids Asthma Education Program, Etta Logan and Judy Olsen
  • Asthma Care Beyond the Clinician’s Office, Kristi L. Ladowski, MPH
  • Child and Caregiver Reaction to use of a Prototype Inhalation, Mona Tsoukleris, PharmD
Session Overview: This is AAE's third Annual Oral Abstract Presentation where select abstracts (top ranking in the abstract review scoring) are asked to be presented by the authors. This oral abstract presentation will serve as networking and sharing of our work as asthma educators. AAE will be applying for CE credits for this session.

9:45 am - 10:45 am
Understanding the Effects of E-cigarettes and Hookahs: A Primer for Educating our Patients
La Vista

Mary Martinasek, PhD, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, CHES

Learning Outcomes 
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the prevalence and lure of e-cigarettes and hookah
  • Explain the negative health effects
  • Differentiate between these products and traditional cigarettes
Session Overview: This presentation will review the constituents and overview of the two devices. It will also present national data on prevalence among youth and young adults. The presentation will end with the health effects on the lungs and body from scholarly literature reviews.

10:45 am - 11:45 am
Launch of AAE’s Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker: A National High Quality Curriculum 
La Vista

Traci Hardin, MPH, AE-C
Ellen Becker, PhD, RRT-NPS, RPFT, AE-C, FAARC

Learning Outcomes 
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • List potential roles for CHWs within their organization’s asthma care team
  • Identify the different programs that AAE has available to enhance asthma management knowledge and skills
  • Locate the resources for a national high quality curriculum to prepare CHWs to teach others about asthma
Session Overview: The goal of this program is to prepare entry-level community health workers to effectively educate clients about basic asthma management, while providing an effective, nationally available means of education. During this session, the specific aims and program design will be discussed.

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
President’s Luncheon and Award Presentations
El Mirador

Open to all attendees
Session Overview: Please come join us for our President's Luncheon to learn more about AAE and its vision and activities, and see how you may get involved. Meet our current Executive Committee and Board Members, as well as our founding members, past presidents and past board members who will be present at this conference. This hour will be full of history as well as future vision. We will be honoring members and will be having award presentations at this session. 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions
  1. Cough
    La Vista ABC

    Jesus Guajardo, MD

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Know the most common causes of cough in pediatric patients versus adults.
    • Discuss the different etiologies of cough in the pediatric population.
    Session Overview: The different etiologies of cough in the pediatric population will be discussed, along with the most common causes of cough in children and adults.

  2. Asthma Response Team: Handling the E.D. Arrival
    La Vista DEF

    Clifton Dennis, RRT, AE-C

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Identify the asthma response teams’ responsibilities
    • Describe what is involved in an asthma response team encounter
    • Identify the persons involved in the development of an asthma response team
    Session Overview: Asthma continues to be the number one reason for pediatric admissions to the hospital along with the number one reason patients are seen in the emergency room. This presentation will outline one response team’s efforts to improve processes for patients and their families in the emergency room.

  3. Creating and Sustaining Academic Clinical Partnerships To Improve Outcomes in Pediatric Patients
    Salon A

    Natasha McClure, RN, MSN 

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Understand the role of academic clinical partnerships within professional schools and how they relate to pediatric asthma care.
    • Identify challenges and opportunities associated with implementing and sustaining an ACP.
    • Identify benefits of ACPs in the community.
    Session Overview: Asthma is the most common chronic disease affecting children, associated with missed school days, increased health care costs, and decreased quality of life. Research shows that combining home visits and phone calls by nurses can improve patient outcomes and reduce health care utilization although this service is not usually available due to limited financial resources and shortage of nurses. This presentation will outline the benefits of a model academic clinical partnership, developed as part of a community health curriculum in an accelerated nursing program.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions
These sessions will be a repeat of the 1:00 pm sessions, listed above.

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm

3:10 pm – 4:10 pm
Changing Patient Behavior: Evidence-based Approaches for Asthma Educators 
La Vista

Stuart Tousman, PhD

Learning Outcomes 
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Implement individual behavior change techniques
  • Implement group based behavior change techniques
  • Redesign current asthma education programs to increase behavior change likelihood.
Session Overview: In this interactive session, case studies will be utilized to teach evidence based behavior change approaches, such as motivational interviewing, cognitive dissonance and ‘teach me back.’ Evidence based one-on-one techniques and group approaches will be discussed.

4:10 pm – 6:20 pm
Free Time for Attendees – Explore the Riverwalk!

4:20 pm – 5:20 pm
Bronchial Thermoplasty

6:30 pm
Dinner Presentation -- Treating Asthma: Targeting the Whole Lung
Salon del Rey B

Tarak Patel, MD 

Open to all attendees. Not eligible for CEU credit.
Sponsored by TEVA Respiratory


7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Desk Open
El Mirador

7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration Desk Open

8:00 am – 9:20 am
Teach It and They Will Come (But Not Back to the ED!)
La Vista

Panel presentation and discussion of discipline-specific vs. team approaches to asthma education.
Moderator: Stuart Tousman, PhD
  1. Home Visits Using Nursing Students: A No-Cost Approach for Controlling Pediatric Asthma Ellen O’Kelley, PNP- BC, AE-C 
    Natasha McClure, RN, MSN
  2. Addressing the Needs of Asthma Patients and Their Families Through the Collaboration with Community Health Care Workers Catherine Kier, MD, FAAP, FCCP, DABSM, AE-C
    Lisa Romard, RN, MSN, CPNP, ANP, AE-C, Pediatric Pulmonary, Stony Brook Children's Hospital, New York 
    Kristi Ladowski, MPH
  3. Breath of Life Program: The Respiratory Therapist as Disease Manager
    Tim Op’t Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC
  4. Question & Answer Session
Learning Outcomes 
At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe the process of nursing schools partnering with asthma clinics and the mutual benefits gained.
  • Discuss how home visit assessments and interventions are useful in improving pediatric
  • asthma control.
  • List the challenges associated with implementing a home visit program.
  • Identify risk factors that can affect an asthmatic patient’s asthma control
  • Identify the role of a Community Health Worker with asthma patients
  • Identify some practical asthma tools that could benefit asthma patients in self- management & improving asthma outcomes for these patients
  • Identify resources to assist with patients identified to have psychosocial risk factors that could negatively impact their asthma health status
  • Identify the roles of the RT in primary care
  • List applicable CPT codes and outcomes

9:20 am – 10:20 am
Concurrent Sessions
  1. Weight- We Do Care! The Prevention of Childhood Obesity in the Asthma Population
    La Vista ABC

    Lesley Vernor, RN, MSN, CNS, CPNP, AE-C

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Identify the prevalence of the asthma population who also need strategies for weight loss to improve overall health.
    • Provide strategies to promote weight loss in children who are overweight/obese and have asthma
    • Utilize the tools provided during the presentation to start a weight management program within any practice

    Session Overview: Obesity rates continue to escalate despite various campaigns and strategies to affect change in our nation. A child who is obese with asthma ultimately has to manage two diseases negatively impacting one another. Weight loss strategies should be introduced when a BMI is > than 85%. This presentation will provide tools for guidance to introduce a weight management program in any practice and most specifically in the asthma population.
  2. Creating a Foundation to Asthma Care: Patient Key Messaging
    La Vista DEF

    Cindy Cooper, RN, AE-C

    Learning Outcomes
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Understand foundational components to asthma care and key messaging to patients.
    Session Overview: This presentation will incorporate key components to asthma care - pathophysiology, severity, control, asthma action plans, peak flow meters, triggers, spirometry, and step therapy as a foundation around the patient. The presenter will highlight the key messaging from each of these topics, emphasizing the need for simplicity in the educational approach to patients.
  3. How to Formulate Health Messages to Reach Your Target Audience
    El Mirador West

    Mary Martinasek, PhD, RRT, RPFT, AE-C, CHES

    Learning Outcomes 
    At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
    • Explain social marketing
    • Discuss the importance of formative research
    • Explain pre-testing messages
    • Describe health messages and dissemination
    Session Overview: This presentation will review the steps to pretesting messages for audience education or behavior change.

10:20 am – 10:30 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Concurrent Sessions
These sessions will be a repeat of the 9:20 pm sessions, listed above.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Airflow Obstruction? What About COPD?
La Vista

Bill Pruitt, MBA, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, FAARC
Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN

Session Overview: COPD has many common points with asthma (both are obstructive diseases with similar symptoms, diagnostic tests, medications, etc) and often is a comorbid condition in the asthma population. This presentation will review the disease (pathophysiology, diagnosis, management) discuss the common features as well as distinctions and differences between COPD and asthma, and touch on the implications of the Affordable Care Act and readmissions for COPD.

12:30 pm
Conference Concludes


Separate Registration Required

AAE’s National Asthma Educator Certification and Recertification Review Course (NAEC/RRC)
Sunday, August 3rd, 1:15 pm – 6:00 pm (Registration begins at 12:30 pm)
La Vista DEF

Monday, August 4th, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm (Lunch provided by AAE)
La Reina

Faculty Members:
Tim Ballweg, RRT, CPFT, AE-C, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Wendy Brown, PharmD, PA-C, AE-C, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
Cindy Cooper, RN, AE-C, Northwest/Northern California Regional Asthma Nurse Educator, Seattle, WA
Maureen George, PhD, RN, AE-C, FAAN
Karen Gregory, DNP, APRN-BC, CNS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC, Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic, Oklahoma City, OK
Dewey Hahlbohm, PA-C, AE-C, Helena, MT
Catherine Kier, MD, FAAP, FCCP, DABSM, AE-C, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook, NY
Dee Mallam, RN, AE-C, Office of John J. Winant, MD, Hamilton Square, NJ

Becoming an Asthma Educator & Care Manager
Sunday, August 3rd 
La Vista ABC

1:15 pm – 5:45 pm (Registration begins at 12:30 pm)
Faculty Member: Wendy Brown, PharmD, PA-C, AE-C, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 

Level: Intermediate/Expert
This course has been designed to help prepare asthma educators to take the NAECB exam. The AAE review course was written and is taught by credentialed asthma educators (AE-C, Asthma Educator-Certified). Our course is based on the NAECB detailed content outline and begins with a pre-test based on sample exam questions. In addition, the review course content includes epidemiology, pathophysiology, factors contributing to acute and chronic asthma, patient and family assessment, asthma management including pharmacological, behavioral and environmental interventions, development of an asthma action plan, program outcomes, referral and professional networking, and spirometry for the health care professional. Methods of teaching used in the review course include didactic presentations, interactive patient-based case studies and a hands-on device workshop.

Level: Beginner
This course is dedicated to teaching participants to holistically approach the education of patients and families with asthma. Core topics discussed are asthma prevalence, goals of therapy, pathophysiology, controlling factors that contribute to severity, pharmacotherapy, medication administration, monitor symptoms, co-morbidities and optimizing education. Application of core topics is reviewed though interactive case studies. Participants should have an interest in improving patient and families with asthma. 
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