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OCH to Host American Lung Association’s Asthma Educator Institute

OCH Regional Medical Center will host the American Lung Association’s Asthma Educator Institute Thursday, July 20 and Friday, July 21 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. This is a two-day preparatory course for those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination.

Developed in January 2003, the Asthma Educator Institute was recently updated to reflect the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. The curriculum covers the content outlined in the NAECB Candidate Handbook and includes case reviews, hands-on skills demonstration and practice. The course is delivered by asthma experts in the community, including Certified Asthma Educators (AE-C).

“This course is a top-notch program that we are so happy to bring to OCH and our community,” said OCH Respiratory Therapist and Certified Asthma Educator Eddie High. “The material covered over the two-day period will not only increase the participants’ knowledge about asthma, but it will also build confidence in asthma educators so that they can better care for their patients.”

This course will take place at OCH located at 400 Hospital Road in Starkville. The course is funded by the Mississippi State Department of Health Asthma Programs and is free to participants; however, registration is limited to 40 and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline is Friday, July 14.  To register, visit action.lung.org/aei-starkville.  Attendees must participate in the full two day course to receive the continuing education hours.

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