Cox Monett brings asthma education to area schools

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Certificates of completion were presented to students at Exeter Elementary School. From left, are: Brenda Barger-Saunders, Cox Monett asthma educator; Marilyn Dixon, school nurse; Macy Barrett; Bailey Hutson; and Tim Jordan, principal. Not present for the picture was Aubrie Graham.

Students from five Barry County schools participated in Cox Monett Hospital's asthma education program during the 2012-13 school year.

The program recently presented certificates of appreciation to participating students at Exeter, Purdy, Southwest, Wheaton and Monett recently. All five schools completed the asthma education program, which is taught by asthma educator Brenda Barger-Saunders.

The program targets children in fourth through sixth grades who live in Barry and Lawrence counties and suffer from asthma.

Certificates of completion were presented to students at Purdy Schools. From left, are: Brenda Barger-Saunders, Cox Monett asthma educator; Jeff Swadley, elementary principal; Rebecca Blackburn; Elizabeth Hoffman; Austin Greenway; Aubrey Knatca; Sarai Salazar, school nurse; and Janet Boys, middle school principal.

A grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health funds the program, which provides asthma education to children and their families and improves asthma management at school and home.

Through the MFH grant, Cox Monett provides education, supplies, medication assistance, home assessments, access to a pediatric pulmonologist and much more, free of charge.

This year, a total of 21 schools participated in the program. Asthma screening assessments were completed by 2,461 students in the two-county area and over 1,200 students attended a general respiratory and good lung health presentation in the classroom. A total of 141 children accepted an invitation and completed the asthma education classes, and 141 students received free asthma supplies and lung testing.

Certificates of completion were presented to students at Southwest R-V Schools. From left, are: Brenda Barger-Saunders, Cox Monett asthma educator; Kamryn Jones; Karlea Holder; Isaac Taylor; Christina Brinkman; and BJ Wyman.

For more information about Cox Monett's asthma education program, call Barger-Saunders at 417-988-5172.

Certificates of completion were presented to students at Wheaton Elementary School. In the front row, from left, are: Abbey Bowling, Devin Bateman, Lori McNeill and Karen Mitchell, school nurse. Back row: Brenda Barger-Saunders, Cox Monett asthma educator; Donny Erway; Shelbie Dunegan; Novaleigh Cline; Trey Erway; Emily Gonzalez; and Dana Bartkoski, school nurse.
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