Center Projects

Indian Family Stories Project

The Indian Family Stories Project web site includes an overview of 5 community-based projects that Dr. Ann Garwick and Sally Auger have conducted in partnership with American Indian families and community leaders who work with children with special health care needs. Resources developed from these projects are listed with contact information.

Hearing Protection Study

The Hearing Protection Study led by Dr. Madeleine Kerr conducts intervention research to prevent occupational hearing loss. Information about the study and a demonstration of the "EarForce" program are available online. A Latino-based version in Spanish and English of the program is now under development.

HOME Plus is a research study being conducted by Jayne Fulkerson and colleagues. HOME stands for Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment. The study design is called a randomized controlled trial which means that some families that join will be randomly assigned to (like the flip of a coin) participate in the HOME Plus program group and some will participate in a newsletter group. Families in the HOME Plus program group will attend fun, hands-on cooking and discussion sessions in their neighboring communities. Families participating in the newsletter group will receive monthly newsletters with recipes and tips for healthy eating.

We hope that you will find the Get a Head Start on Asthma web site to be a useful resource for parents and teachers of preschool children with asthma. We have attempted to make this information as general as possible to avoid conflicting with the details of individual plans of care.

This website is designed to:

  • Introduce basic concepts of asthma management to parents of underserved children, preschool teachers and child care providers.
  • Provide an easy-to-read format with answers to common asthma questions available in English, Hmong and Spanish, with audioclips.
  • Benefit families with limited access to health care.
  • Respect the providers' role in determining specific treatments appropriate for each child.
  • Reflect evidence-based guidelines in a form persons with low health literacy can easily understand.
  • Provide web links for those wanting further, in-depth asthma management information.