Upcoming Webinar

Reopening a Dialog on Open Airways for Schools:

Closing the Educational Gap for Children with Asthma Using a Multi-Site Academic-Practice Partnership


Presented by:

Monica Diamond-Caravella, DNP, MS, RN, AE-C


Alarming asthma disparate rates exist for emergency department visits and hospitalizations, particularly in minority children, ages 0 – 4 and 5-9.  School-based asthma education is a viable solution to improve children’s self-management skills.  Steeped in historical evidence, the American Lung Association’s Open Airways for Schools® (OAS) is the leading school-based asthma self-management program to date.  However, notable barriers exist in its implementation.  An analysis of existing data was performed to determine the effectiveness of OAS for a population of diverse elementary children living on Long Island and receiving instruction by trained nursing student facilitators, all within a multi-site academic-practice partnership.  Statistical findings reveal that OAS, provided within a sustainable academic-practice partnership, remains a highly effective program in closing the pediatric asthma educational gap, irrespective of geographic region or facilitator.

Learning Objectives:

By participating in this webinar you will be able to:

1.  Discuss the value of cross-sector collaboration in improving asthma self-management skills for children living in high-needs communities.

2.  Identify innovative ways to integrate academic nursing into population health through the use of an academic-practice partnership.

3.  Synthesize the barriers and challenges inherent in effectively proving school-based asthma self-management education.

4.  Analyze the efficacy of evidence based clinical practice guidelines when nursing students become the drivers of asthma education delivered to children living in at-risk high-needs communities.

Date:  Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)

Fee:  FREE - NYSPHA members

$10 - non-members

1 CHES credit available

1 CPH credit available 

Space is limited, registration is required - 

Presenter Biography:

Monica Diamond-Caravella, DNP, MS, RN, AE-C

Dr. Caravella is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Farmingdale State College. She holds both a baccalaureate and master’s degree in nursing from Adelphi University, a post masters certificate in nursing education from the College of Mt. St. Vincent and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University.  Her 39 years in professional nursing has transitioned her from acute care oncology nursing to the arena of public health. She entered the specialty of nursing education full time in 2013 where she was introduced to the concept of academic-practice partnerships, a novel and potentially sustainable model where academic institutions partner with local community-based agencies to address identified population health needs.  Her work expanding and enhancing a long standing academic-practice partnership between several Long Island based schools of nursing, multiple high-needs public school districts and the local Asthma Coalition of Long Island has earned her recognition locally and nationally.


Past Webinar: 

"Having an Effective Meeting with Lawmakers"

View slides HERE

View the webinar recording HERE

(Please note: This recording will start on slide 11 due to technical difficulties) 


 Featuring:  Blair Horner, Legislative Director, NY Public Interest Research Group

Topics covered include:

  • Educating vs. Lobbying
  • Steps to holding a meeting (if doing yourself)
  • Tips for successful meetings
  • Meeting with staffers vs. the legislators
  • Do’s and don’ts of follow up



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