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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 476173, 7 pages
Research Article

Impacting Environmental and Public Health through the Use of Dual Targeted and Tailored Asthma Educational Interventions

1Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station, TX 77843, USA
2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, 1266 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843, USA
3Texas A&M Health Science Center, McAllen Campus, 2101 South McColl Road, McAllen, TX 78503, USA
4Department of Health Informatics, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA 30912-0400, USA
5Clinical Education, Respiratory Therapy Program, South Texas College, Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Nursing & Allied Health Campus, 1101 E. Vermont, McAllen, TX 78503, USA
6Respiratory Therapy Services, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, 101 E. Ridge Road, McAllen, TX 78503, USA

Received 18 March 2015; Accepted 22 June 2015

Academic Editor: Suminori Akiba

Copyright © 2015 Genny Carrillo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Home-based asthma environmental education for parents of asthmatic children is needed since many health professionals lack the time to offer it. However, developing targeted and tailored education is important in order to address the individual needs of participants. This nonrandomized longitudinal study examined knowledge on asthma with an Asthma and Healthy Homes educational intervention training offered to parents of children from low income families who reside in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Eighty-nine parents received the training and pre- and posttest surveys were used to measure knowledge outcomes. A standardized assessment on asthma triggers was used to identify the different triggers each child was exposed to, and a follow-up survey was conducted 6 months after the educational intervention to identify how many parents reported household and behavior changes as a result of the training. Results showed significant changes in behavior by participants as a result of the training received. This study suggests that these behavioral changes are attributed to the dual “targeted” and “tailored” educational interventions delivered to parents which resulted in a greater understanding of how to manage asthma by eliminating asthma triggers in their respective homes.