The Beasley SMART Program

This past spring, Team Ruchi implemented an innovative school-based asthma management program called SMART, which stands for Student Media-based Asthma Research Team.  In this implementation of SMART, members of Team Ruchi went out to Chicago’s Southside and worked alongside 7th and 8th grade students at Beasley Academic Center.   The goal of the SMART program was to put mobile devices into the hands of adolescents with asthma to have them investigate and ultimately improve their own asthma symptoms.

As a class, the students formed two groups to develop Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to educate their community about asthma.  One PSA featured an original superhero, Inhaler Man, to help convey the message about taking one’s inhaler and avoiding triggers.  The other PSA featured important asthma facts that the students felt everyone should know.  The program culminated with an assembly to all 7th and 8th grade students at Beasley Academic Center and during this assembly the PSAs were shown and a questionnaire was given to show how effective the PSAs were.  It was so much fun to work with the students at Beasley Academic Center, they had so much enthusiasm and really taught us some things about asthma and life along the way!

The students also helped to develop their own website to showcase their PSAs and their photos of asthma triggers.  You can check it out by clicking on this link: