A Story of Health Asthma: Brett’s Story

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Course: WB4177

CE Original Date: May 13, 2019

CE RENEWAL DATE: May 13, 2021



A Story of Health: Asthma is one module in The Story of Health which conveys complex concepts about multiple influences on health through a family reunion scenario, allowing stories to emerge about family members with a range of diseases, which we will explore from a case study perspective. This storyline allows for geographic distribution including family members from rural, suburban, and city locales, as well as for ethnic diversity via marriage, adoption, etc. Each story reveals the constellation of genetics and environmental circumstances that might affect the particular disease (in this case asthma), and brings in the latest available science. An introduction describes the ecological approach to health and its many variables. The stories are enhanced by a variety of media including sidebars, pop-up boxes, illustrations, graphics, videos and links to additional resources and key journal references.

Training Objectives:

At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the risk factors for the development of asthma.
  2. Identify potential asthma triggers.
  3. Describe demographics of asthma.
  4. Describe gene-environment interaction regarding asthma.
  5. Identify protective factors that help prevent asthma.
  6. Describe how to improve collaborative practice across the healthcare team regarding asthma prevention.

To access A Story of Health: Asthma, please visit A Story of Health: Asthma training module pdf icon[PDF – 8.20 MB]external icon.

To access the full multi-media eBook, please visit A Story of Health EBookexternal icon


John R. Balmes, MD, Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Mark Miller MD, MPH, Director Western States Pediatric Environmental, Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)

Ted Schettler MD, Science Director, Science and Environmental Health Network, Commonweal

Brian Tencza, M.Ed., Team Lead, ATSDR

Maria Valenti, Science Education Director Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Commonweal

Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Who is this training for?

The target audience is pediatric health care providers, primary health care providers and other health professionals that are interested in environmental health topics; which include: CHES certified health educator; dentists; D.O.s; Epidemiologists; Laboratorians: Licensed practical/vocational nurses; MDs; Medical assistants; Nurse practitioners; Nurse technicians; Other health educators; Physician assistants; Registered nurses.

What is this training about?

A Story of Health begins with a family reunion that brings you into the lives of fictional people with some of the chronic illnesses that are a serious problem for the health of our nation – asthma, developmental disabilities, cancer, infertility, diabetes, and cognitive decline. Through their stories, you’ll learn the potential causes of these diseases and conditions, and explore prevention strategies.

They are stories about our health as individuals, families and communities. The stories highlight the many ways our health is affected by the environments where we live, eat, work, play, pray, volunteer, gather and socialize.

These stories also illustrate how we can prevent disease and promote health.
This interactive eBook includes colorful illustrations and graphics, videos from health and policy experts, links to numerous resources, and more, to help readers navigate the complex world of health.

Who developed this continuing education training?

A Story of Health is a collaboration among the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California Environmental Protection Agency (OEHHA), the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), and the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU).

Continuing Education


Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit; Commonweal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring activity for a maximum of (1.75) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this activity for (1.6) nursing contact hours.

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (.2) CEU’s for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) (2.0) total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are 2.0. Continuing Competency credits available are (2.0). CDC provider number 98614.
For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer (2.0) CPH recertification credits for this program.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

In order to receive continuing education (CE) for WB4177-The Story of Health: Asthma -Bret’s Story please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before May 13, 2023

Complete the Activity
Complete the Evaluation at www.cdc.gov/GetCE

Pass the posttest at 70% at www.cdc.gov/GetCE

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

To receive free continuing education, please visit A Story of Health Asthma CE registration page

Training Module Information

Computer Hardware; Internet connection; Browser


A basic knowledge of medicine or related basics of human health promotion at a professional level is desired.


In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.

Contact Information

Office of Capacity Development and Applied Prevention Science (770) 488-0715

Page last reviewed: July 29, 2021