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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched the Asthma Management Academy (AsMA) to reduce the burden of asthma in California's most highly impacted communities. The program'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. ​​

Individuals and organizations may register below for available courses.

Below are videos featuring community health promoters who are peer educators in AsMA. To turn on or off the "closed captioning" subtitles in English or Spanish, click on the CC "choose captions" button at the bottom right of the video screen and select a language or no language.  

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If you are having difficulty accessing these documents please contact CDPH at California.Breathing@cdph.ca.gov to request this information in an alternate format.

Curriculum Overview

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.

Educational Series

Asthma Management Academy - 101 Series

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.

Individuals and Organizations: Register now! Space is limited

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.

Please note space is limited. CDPH is registering for sessions in Southern California and will consider registrations for other California areas if resources allow.

Coming Soon: Asthma Management Academy - 201 and 301 Series 

AsMA curricula are based on the National Asthma Guidelines and adapted by the Association of Asthma Educators (AAE), CDPH, and asthma home-visiting community-based organizations.

AsMA is a project of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). AsMA was developed by CDPH with funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-RFA-EH14-140407CONT15) and the CA Proposition 99 Tobacco Tax.​​

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