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Resources — 2016 SEHAC Symposium Presentation Slides


On May 14, 2015, SEHAC hosted its 3rd Annual School Symposium on Asthma.  Each year, stakeholders — including school nurses, public health professionals, and non-profit organization representatives — gather to learn about and discuss clinical and environmental issues related to asthma in schools. The organizations participating included University of California, San Francisco; American Lung Association; Kaiser Permanente; California Department of Public Health; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; California School-based Health Alliance; John Muir Medical Center; California PTA; California School Nurses Organization; Northern California Breathmobile; various school districts and county departments of health; and many others.

The Impact of Adversities on the Development and Management of Chronic Illnesses

Reducing Chronic Absence in K-12 Education


Hedy Chang 

Executive Director

Attendance Works

This presentation reviews health disparities in asthma, discusses chronic stress and how chronic stress from adversity affects asthma development and outcomes, and explores potential areas for intervention to reduce the effects of adversity on asthma.


Issues addressed in the presentation include:

  • Racial disparities

  • Determinants of health

  • Health Model of Stress

  • Discrimination and health

  • Levels of stress

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

  • Stress and genetics

  • Medical-legal partnerships to address ACEs

  • School-based screening

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