Asthma Management Academy (AsMA)
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) presents the Asthma Management Academy (AsMA). AsMA is a unique set of trainings for community health workers and others. It's purpose is to reduce the burden of asthma in California's most highly impacted communities.
Individuals and Organizations:
If you are an individual or represent an organization that prefers to receive by email the registration form that you can download or print out, or for more information, please contact
California.Breathing@cdph.ca.gov or Ashley Kissinger, AE-C, at 510.620.3644.
CDPH is registering for sessions in California's Central Valley and will consider registrations for other California areas if resources allow.
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AsMA's curriculum meets the unique needs of non-licensed members of the asthma care team. These include community health workers (CHWs), promotoras de salud, health or patient advocates, and others with trusted relationships who visit the homes of those in underserved areas.
CDPH is offering the AsMA curriculum as a series of in-person training modules for these valued members of the asthma care team. AsMa's goal is to prepare a community workforce to conduct asthma self-management education as outlined in the
National Asthma Education and Prevention Program's Expert Panel 3 Report (PDF); deliver evidence-based interventions that may eventually be Medi-Cal reimbursed; and improve health outcomes for individuals with asthma.
AsMA 101 and 201 Educational Series
AsMA's curriculum provides qualifying health workers and educators with free skill-building sessions. Sessions are focused on adult learners and build skills, knowledge, and competency to help people with asthma manage their disease.
Certified Asthma Educators (AE-Cs) and CDPH-certified peer trainers will teach the weekly sessions based on adult learning theory. This theory uses a problem-based approach in a collaborative setting. Trainers will use multiple tools to teach participants through discussion, videos, and skill-building activities. Weekly trainings allow participants enough time between modules to review and understand the information.
AsMA 101 Educational Series
AsMA 101 is Asthma Education for the Community Health Worker, developed by the Association of Asthma Educators. This interactive 5-week series, taught once a week for two-and-a-half hours, covers the following topics:
- The Scope of Asthma
- Asthma Trigger Identification
- Asthma Medications
- Medication Delivery Devices
- Monitoring and Assessing Asthma Control
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from CDPH and the Association of Asthma Educators after completing the series. They will also have ongoing technical assistance and an asthma education tool kit.
The currculum covered in this course is reinforced in the AsMA Learning Videos available below.
Click on an image of an AsMA video below to go directly to that video in English or Spanish.