Asthma is a disorder of the bronchial system that is characterized by labored breathing accompanied by wheezing that is caused by a spasm of the bronchial tubes or by swelling of their mucous membrane. Recurrence and severity of attacks is influenced by secondary factors, mental or physical fatigue, exposure to fumes, endocrine changes at various periods in life and emotional situations.
The Department of Health operates the Growing Up Healthy Hotline, which provides information about health care, nutrition and other health and human services. The hotline provides information and referral 24 hours/day, seven days a week in English and Spanish and other languages.
This resource directory is for the families of children and young adults who have a serious illness or long-lasting condition for which they need extra health care and support services. Children and young adults with special health care needs might have a serious or long-lasting:
The New York Statewide School Health Services Center is a contracted Center of the NYS Education Department that provides technical assistance, resources and professional development focused on student health and wellness initiatives.
This website provides legal information related to school health and nutrition, as well specific information on medication administration, field trips, confidentiality - really all aspects of school-related health management.