Asthma Disease Management Program

The following describes asthma and the treatment of asthma, especially in children. For specific information regarding your or your child’s health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.

At Hurley Medical Center, we take asthma very seriously.

In fact, we’re a leader in the state of Michigan for pediatric asthma care, with the only home-based Asthma Disease Management program in the region.

Teaching our community about asthma

In the mid-Michigan region, asthma is far too common. This is unacceptable and at Hurley Medical Center, we’re doing everything we can to change it. To teach children and adults how to control their asthma, our Asthma Disease Managers go to health fairs, schools, churches and synagogues, doctors' offices, and community centers. An important link between the community and the hospital, they conduct asthma screening tests, show people how they can reduce asthma triggers, and teach them what to do during an asthma attack. If you would like one of our Asthma Disease Managers to visit your community, call (810) 262-9591 or (810) 262-6125.

Genesee County Asthma Network

The Genesee County Asthma Network is a team of people who try to reduce asthma in our community. Teachers, parents, pharmacists, doctors, and school nurses are all part of this network. Because it's a team working together, it can get things donated that people with asthma need, such as beds, a new bathroom–even a new house. To contact the Genesee County Asthma Network, call (810) 262-9120.

Not One More Life

Hurley Asthma Disease Managers have had great success with Not One More Life, created by Dr. Leroy Graham, a pulmonologist from Atlanta. Aimed at inner city churches, Not One More Life teaches congregations about asthma, how to manage it, and how to prevent it. Hurley Respiratory Therapists perform asthma screenings for adults and children, along with a Hurley asthma physician. After each presentation, Hurley Asthma Disease Managers follow up.

MATCH Program

Through the MATCH Program (Managing Asthma Through Case Management in the Home), one of our Hurley Asthma Disease Managers will visit you and your child in your home, check your child’s asthma medicine, make sure he/she is using the inhaler correctly, and show you and your family how to get rid of things that can trigger your child’s asthma.

Asthma 1-2-3

In the local schools, Hurley Asthma Disease Managers use an American Lung Association teacher-based program called Asthma 1-2-3 to educate teachers and school staff about asthma.

FLARE Plan

Working with the Asthma Initiative of Michigan, Hurley Asthma Disease Managers have implemented the FLARE Plan at Hurley, an after-Emergency Room discharge plan. All asthma patients who are treated in Hurley’s Emergency Room—adults and children—are given the FLARE Plan, a mini-asthma action plan that tells them who to follow up with after they have been discharged from the hospital.

Important contact information

Asthma Initiative of Michigan

For more information about pediatric asthma or to make an appointment at the Hurley Asthma Clinic, call the Hurley Asthma Clinic at (810) 262-2130.

To learn more about Hurley Pediatric Asthma Classes (at Hurley Asthma Clinic), call (810) 262-2130.

To learn more about Hurley Pediatric Asthma Support Groups (various topics/locations), call (810) 262-9120. (Genesee County Asthma Network)

To contact Hurley Asthma Disease Managers, call (810) 262-9591 or (810) 262-6125.

Helpful asthma websites and information

Hurley Asthma Clinic (general asthma information and Pediatric Asthma Classes)
(810) 262-2130

Hurley Pediatric Asthma Classes (at the Hurley Children’s Asthma Clinic)
(810) 262-2130

Hurley Pediatric Asthma Support Groups through the Genesee County Asthma Network 
(various topics/locations)
(810) 262-9120

Genesee County Asthma Network
(810) 262-9120

Allergy and Asthma Network-Mothers of Asthmatics
(800)878-4403

Allies Against Asthma
(734) 615-3312

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

American Lung Association of Midland States
(800) 543-LUNG (5864)

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Asthma Community Network
(734) 615-3312

Asthma Initiative of Michigan
 

Additional Resources

Healthy School Assessment Tool (HSAT)
The HSAT is an online assessment to help your school create a healthier school environment. If you represent a Michigan school and want to know what you can do to improve your school's health, visit the HSAT website.

Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative (American Lung Association)
The Asthma Friendly Schools Initiative provides a framework and tools that schools can use for asthma management, including planning tools, policy recommendations, and education programs.

Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools
With this guide you can establish a simple-to-follow asthma-friendly program in your school. You will be able to brief teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, school nurses, and even the principal on their special roles in making your school asthma-friendly.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC Facts & Resources  
CDC Schools and Childcare Providers

The Latest Research on Asthma
The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) is the official scientific journal of the AAAAI, and is the most-cited journal in the field of allergy and clinical immunology. Click here  for the current issue as well as archive articles.

School Policies/Law
Michigan School Inhaler Law: Legislation allowing Michigan public and nonpublic school children, under certain conditions, to carry and self administer prescribed asthma and allergy medications on school grounds and during school sponsored activities was amended to the Michigan School Code in 2000 and 2004. This ensures that students with asthma and allergies have immediate access to life-saving medications. For more information, click here.