Albemarle Pediatric Asthma Coalition Activities

The Albemarle Pediatric Asthma Coalition, APAC, is sponsoring a public awareness campaign to recognize World Asthma Day (WAD) on May 4, 2010, and the month of May as Asthma Awareness month. The APAC is comprised of seven counties located in northeastern North Carolina and includes Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

World Asthma Day banners will be placed in each county at an intersection with high traffic visibility. Promotional signs in English and Spanish which read, “This Staff and our Families recognize May as Asthma Awareness month,” will be displayed at the entrance of schools, childcare centers and medical providers’ offices. 

Three billboards, located strategically throughout the seven-county area, publicize the message to increase the public’s awareness related to asthma. The billboards’ messages list three steps in maintaining good asthma management. One billboard is translated in Spanish.

A Proclamation will be read at the Gates County Commissioners’ meeting on May 5, 2010, at the Gates County Courthouse, Gatesville, North Carolina. A student from Gatesville Elementary will accept the proclamation read by the County Commissioner Chair. This proclamation will publically announce May as Asthma Awareness month which coincides with the continued Air Quality Flag program.  Gates County Public Schools, Merchant’s Millpond State Park, and government buildings will continue to display color-coded flags on their flag poles which correlate to the specific day’s ozone level.

Beginning May 1, pinwheels will be displayed in front of all schools in Gates County to represent the number of children living with asthma at each school. This event is sponsored by the Albemarle Pediatric Asthma Coalition and the Gates Partners for Health Healthy Carolinians Partnership. 
Additional media coverage will include an online newspaper website Leaderboard Ad on The Daily Advance with a WAD message and the month of May being recognized as Asthma Awareness month. It will also unveil the new APAC logo.
The Chowan Herald newspaper will feature a full color ad which will run on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.  The message will include the recognition of the month of May being Asthma Awareness month as well as reminding the public that Chowan County will be participating in the Air Quality Index flag program.
Due to the need for additional education and management of a child’s asthma with regard to correctly identifying and understanding the differences in the use of control and rescue asthma medication, the APAC undertook a project of creating asthma medication stickers.  These stickers will assist with the easy recognition between rescue and controller medications and were designed with the use of clipart and color to distinguish the difference between the two medications.  The delivery of these stickers will be offered to 33 pharmacies in the seven-county ARHS district as well as Dare County.

The APAC sponsored the expansion of the NC School Bus Anti-idling policy to include voluntarily posting Anti-idling signs on their campus in the car cue traffic loops. This project encourages “No-Idling” zones in participating school districts, where parents drop off and pick up their children.  The North Carolina Division of Air Quality has generously provided signs for this project. 

The goals of this project are to accomplish the following:

  • Create a healthier, less stressful drop-off and pick-up experience for students, parents, teachers and administrators.
  • Reduce the number of school absences from asthma-related issues.
  • Cleaner air!

For more information regarding the above events, please contact Gayle Olson, RN, at 252-338-4369 or by email at golson@arhs-nc.org, or Janet Capehart, RT, 252-794-6658 or by email at jcapehar@PCMH.com.