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Supervised Asthma Medicine in Schools

Supervised Asthma Medicine in Schools (SAMS) Study

Scroll down for a list of participating TUSD elementary schools.

This asthma study will be implemented in 16 Tucson Unified School District elementary schools beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

Approximately 120,000 Arizona children have asthma. Asthma attacks lead to 3,000 hospitalizations each year costing Arizonans approximately $24 million in direct medical costs. Overall, the medical costs of children with asthma are double those of children without asthma. The greatest burden of asthma disproportionally falls upon low-income and minority children. One of the most important causes of poor asthma control is limited access to and inconsistent use of daily medications like inhaled corticosteroids.

To address this public health issue, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona has partnered with the American Lung Association in Arizona and the Tucson Unified School District to implement a school-based asthma program in 16 elementary schools.

If your child has asthma and attends one of the participating TUSD elementary schools, and you want to participate in the study, please contact the school nurse.

Scroll down for a list of participating TUSD elementary schools.

Study Coordinator

Clara Ehrman
(520) 621-5439

Participating TUSD Schools

School Nurse Contact Information
Bonillas Kathy Gates (520) 232-6617
Davidson Laura Lichtenwalner (520) 232-6817
Dietz Susan Buxbaum (520) 731-4017
Ford Nancy Anderson (520) 731-4317
Hollinger Richea Olson (520) 225-1717
Howell Laura Lichtenwalner (520) 232-7217
Johnson Ann Gentry (520) 908-3817
Maldonado Brita Reams (520) 908-4117
Myers-Ganoung Monica Mangan (520) 584-6717
Ochoa Dee Ghost (520) 225-2417
Oyama Michele Bennett (520) 225-5717
Pueblo Gardens Sally Duncan (520) 225-2700
Robison Carolyn Raper (520) 232-7817
Tolson Sarah Roberts (520) 225-3317
Van Buskirk Maggie Rodriguez (520) 225-3717
Wheeler Pam Williamson (520) 584-5517

An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.

The University of Arizona