Optimal Management of Pediatric Asthma

Jackson Hole, WY US
January 19, 2018

Pediatric asthma is a common and serious chronic disease affecting the health and quality of life of many children and is a major cause of emergency department visits and hospital admissions. Despite the availability of clinical guidelines for pediatric asthma, significant gaps exist between current management and best practices. Improved therapeutic treatments, asthma self-management education, identified disparities in health and the implementation of clinical guidelines are needed to address these gaps in current practice.

This presentation will discuss the recommended clinical practice guidelines for pediatric asthma and identify the gaps between asthma guidelines and current practice. The importance of an interprofessional approach for asthma management will also be addressed along with how health disparities and inequalities impact children with asthma.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • State the recommended clinical practice guidelines for pediatric asthma;
  • Describe the role of the pediatrician in optimal management of pediatric asthma, including follow-up with medication therapy, action plans, influenza vaccinations and family education;
  • Identify gaps between current practice and national recommendations for pediatric asthma care;
  • Discuss the importance of an interprofessional approach for asthma management; and,
  • List factors influencing health disparities and inequalities among children with asthma.

Monica FedericoMonica Federico, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director, Asthma Program
Medical Director, Clinical Alignment
Children's Hospital Colorado
Aurora, CO

About the Presenter
Dr. Monica Jones Federico is a pediatric pulmonologist in Aurora, Colorado and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1997 and has been in practice for 20 years. Her practice supports both English and Spanish.
Nine years ago, Dr. Federico created an outpatient program for high-risk asthma patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and she has been its Director for the past 8 years. This unique program uses administrative data to identify children who have been seen in the emergency department or the hospital for asthma care. The program has expanded over time and now encompasses 4 providers who serve over 3000 patients.
In addition to her published articles in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Federico is also a trusted resource for local and state programs serving pediatric asthma patients in clinics, hospitals, and even elementary schools. She has been named one of Denver's best doctors 3 times and, in 2015, she was awarded Physician of the Year by the Colorado Association of Respiratory Care.

Activity Planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

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Method of Participation
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  • Completing the entire activity
  • Completing the Pre- and Post-Activity Assessments, Activity Evaluation and Application for Certificate of Credit forms

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Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing EducationIn support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by WYhealth Program, Optum.

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Target Audience

This live presentation will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 1–2 p.m. MST as part of the Wyoming Medical Society Annual Meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. These materials are intended only for those that attended the live presentation.

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians who have an interest in pediatric asthma.

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
01/19/2018 - 3:00pm EST
Event ends: 
01/19/2018 - 4:00pm EST
Snow King Hotel
400 E. Snow King Ave.
Jackson Hole, WY 83001
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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