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Asthma educator lobbies governor

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pictured above, from left, is Genny Maroc, vice president at Cox Health and president of Cox Monett Hospital and Brenda Barger-Saunders, Cox Monett Hospitals' asthma educator. Barger-Saunders is responsible for getting May 7 proclaimed as Asthma Educator Day for Missouri. [Times Photo by Lisa Craft]
Brenda Barger-Saunders, Cox Monett Hospital's asthma educator, recently wrote to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to request that Asthma Educator Day be proclaimed in Missouri.

"There are a lot of these proclamations nationally," said Barger-Saunders, "but very few are observed locally."

The Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) has proclaimed the first Monday in May as Asthma Educator Day. The day coincides with Asthma Awareness Month, which is hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to raise awareness about comprehensive asthma management and care.

Asthma Educator Day celebrated by all of the asthma educators who "educate, encourage and empower" individuals and families affected by asthma. AAE celebrated the event with various activities at clinics, schools, hospitals and doctors' offices.

The AAE is an international membership organization for nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and asthma educators. Its members are dedicated to raising the competency of health care professionals who provide asthma education and to raising the standard of care and quality of asthma education.

Gov. Nixon signed the proclamation on May 1 designating May 7 as Asthma Educator Day for the state of Missouri.

For more information, call 1-888-988-7747 or visit www.asthmaeducators.org.

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