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Advocacy & Policy

Contact the Florida Asthma Program

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: Here you can find the 2016 State Honor Roll of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools, which ranks the states with the best public policies for people with asthma, food allergies, anaphylaxis and related allergic diseases in U.S. elementary, middle and high schools.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development: This website has resources to help you plan for, implement, and build support for smoke-free policies for Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and Multifamily federally assisted properties. HUD strongly encourages Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and all multifamily housing owners/agents to implement smoke-free policies in all their properties.

American Lung Association: This website lists some steps to take before and during implementation of the new smoke-free policy, tips on how to handle policy violations and additional things to keep in mind during policy implementation. They also have a variety of resources to assist you in this effort.

Epinephrine in Schools: A 2013 Florida law, Chapter 2013-63, authorizes both public and private schools to maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors in a secure location for use in an emergency by authorized students and trained school personnel. Schools that choose to purchase and maintain a supply of epinephrine auto-injectors must adopt a protocol developed by a licensed physician for the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector by trained school personnel. The law provides immunity from liability for public and private school employees and agents for any injury arising from the use of an epinephrine auto-injector administered by trained school personnel.

Albuterol in Schools: Asthmatic students whose parent and physician provide their approval to the school principal may carry a metered dose inhaler on their person while in school. The school principal shall be provided a copy of the parent’s and physician’s approval. Some states are now beginning to consider laws that will allow emergency asthma medication stocking and authority to administer in schools.