SMART (Student media-based asthma research team): Engaging adolescents to understand asthma in their communities

Marjorie Yarbrough, Jesse Blumenstock, Christopher Warren, Ashley Dyer, Jaidah Wilson, Bridget Smith, Ruchi Gupta

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Background: Asthma rates in Chicago exceed national averages and disproportionately affect minority adolescents. We collaborated with students in a neighborhood with high asthma prevalence to better understand community factors impacting asthma. Objectives: To evaluate the impact of our Student Mediabased Asthma Research Team (SMART) program on student, parent, and student-peer outcomes related to asthma. Methods: Students with asthma (n = 11), their parents (n = 9), and student-peers (n = 91) participated in a schoolbased asthma intervention grounded in community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles and completed multiple pre-/post-intervention questionnaires. Results: After the program, participants significantly increased (p < 0.05) asthma-related quality of life (QOL), asthma control, emotional support, and empowerment. Parents significantly increased their QOL and student-peers showed significant improvements in asthma knowledge. Conclusions: This novel intervention—which used participatory media as a vehicle through which children learn about their own asthma and share their findings with parents and peers—was successful in engaging adolescents to improve asthma management and community support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-532
Number of pages10
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health promotion
  • Lung diseases
  • Parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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