As part of the American Lung Association’s Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative (AFSI), the organization is honoring those who support and implement asthma programs to help keep children with asthma healthy, in school, and ready to learn. Asthma is the leading cause of absenteeism in schools across the country.

The AFSI Champion Award honors individual volunteers and school staff who have helped develop and support comprehensive asthma management strategies. The AFSI Excellence Award is given in recognition of schools and school districts that have shown a commitment to creating an asthma-friendly school environment.

The AFSI was created through a cooperative agreement with the American Lung Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Adolescent and School Health. AFSI consists of a set of strategies for creating an asthma-friendly school, including the Asthma-Friendly Schools Toolkit. The toolkit provides the framework and tools needed to help school districts, school staff, community partners, and parents create an asthma-friendly school environment.

Source: American Lung Association