The Ah! Asthma Program is a community-based approach to asthma care. Specially trained asthma educators work with patients, families and primary care providers to educate and manage asthma care in accordance with treatment and management guidelines established by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The program has successfully demonstrated a significant reduction in hospitalizations and emergency room visits, as well as lower rates of absenteeism from work and school. The program is flexible and offers families "one on one" time to answer your questions and help educate with proper inhaler techniques and peak flow meter use. We also provide a written asthma management plan, along with a school plan.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways in the lungs. It is estimated that 100,000 people in Maine have asthma, and 20,000 are children, aged 0-18 years. Asthma is responsible for approximately 50,000 lost school days. The current prevalence of asthma in the Maine population represented one of the highest prevalence rates in the United States for 2001. There are 1,300 Maine citizens hospitalized for asthma every year.
At Southern Maine Medical Center the goal of the AH! Asthma Program is to enhance the quality of life for people affected by asthma. Education is key in managing your asthma.
For more information, contact Helen Roy, SMMC's Community Asthma Educator, by email or phone: (207) 283-6700. And for additional patient asthma education info, check the Ah! Asthma materials at MaineHealth.org.