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Children’s Hospital Colorado

January 9, 2020

Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the United States, and is the largest provider of medical care to children and youth in Colorado and its seven-state region.

The Challenge

When it comes to managing the effects of asthma in children and youth, Children’s Hospital Colorado knows exactly what to do. But when they set out to share their expertise with school nurses and other educators, they quickly learned that they could use a little guidance. Children’s partnered with RMC Health to prepare “asthma champions” to translate their knowledge and skills into professional learning that works in school settings.

Scope of Work

  • Capacity-building
    • Sustaining health programs in schools
    • Observing and providing feedback on training delivery
  • Training design and delivery
    • Designing engaging, skill-building trainings for school staff
    • Building skills and confidence to deliver trainings to adult learners
  • Training materials design
    • Creating clear, informative resource documents and/or training tools
    • Creating visually appealing and engaging presentation slides

Our Approach

RMC Health developed a “train the trainer” approach that employed best practices in adult learning and empowered Children’s Hospital Colorado staff to share their deep expertise with everyone from school nurses to teachers to bus drivers.

Helping Asthma Experts Help More Young People

Children’s Hospital Colorado, along with their partners at the Colorado Department of Education and National Jewish Health, is a leading expert in treating asthma in children and youth. In addition, they were known for their ability to train school nurses in Denver to manage asthma incidents — which, for young people who are away from their regular caregivers while at school, could potentially be frightening or even life-threatening episodes. Better management of chronic conditions also fosters stronger academic outcomes — helping to prevent students from missing school unnecessarily and then struggling with their studies.

This track record led to requests for Children’s Hospital Colorado to expand their school-based asthma management program beyond Denver to reach more schools and districts. Before making the leap, Children’s Hospital Colorado called on RMC Health to assess their approach to professional development as well as their training materials, and boost the skills and capacity of their staff to share their extensive expertise with school nurses and other educators.

“We have the content expertise, but the team at RMC Health are really the experts in professional development and the principles surrounding adult learning.”
— Melanie Gleason, Children’s Hospital Colorado

RMC Health developed a customized approach to capacity-building, preparing Children’s Hospital Colorado staff to assess their audience’s learning needs and constraints, build relationships that are critical to the collaborative nature of work in school settings, and develop highly effective professional development approaches and materials. As a result, core program staff are more confident and even more deeply committed to sharing their expertise.

“Our asthma champions have been able to take what they’ve learned and apply it. While their medical expertise may be extensive, they now know how to tailor their presentations to be effective in a short amount of time and for an audience that includes a broad range of participants — from school nurses to teachers to bus drivers.”
— Melanie Gleason, Children’s Hospital Colorado

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