, Volume 37, Issue 6, pp 1296-1300
Date: 31 May 2012

The Impact of Asthma Health Education for Parents of Children Attending Head Start Centers

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Abstract

Parents of children who attend Head Start Centers are key participants in the health promotion and care of their own children. This non-randomized, longitudinal study aimed to test the effectiveness of an educational intervention based on the asthma and healthy homes curriculum targeting parents of Head Start children with or without an asthma diagnosis. One hundred and fifteen parents of children in Head Start Centers received an educational intervention at their corresponding sites, additionally pre- and post-test surveys were administered to measure educational intervention outcomes. A follow-up survey was conducted 6 months after the educational intervention was offered. Results showed a statistically significant increase in asthma and healthy home-knowledge (p < 0.001) in several areas. At 6 months post-intervention (54.4 %) (61 participants) were contacted and 98.4 % of made changes in their households as a result of their training. This study suggests that education can improve knowledge and change behaviors for the well-being of the residents of that household.