Training for Community


Online training uses vokis like this one for case studies.

Training for Communities

Traditionally, the Roaring Adventures of Puff (RAP) curriculum includes on-line training for health professionals who intend to facilitate children’s group education sessions. Features include discussion forums, self-assessment tools, on-line expert facilitators and extensive resources to develop participants’ skills. 

In 2011-12, in partnership with communities, the online training was adapted for First Nations community-based teams, including learners who are not health care professionals. Features include:

  • content about First Nations context: 7 Sacred Teachings, protocol for community engagement, asthma in First Nations, RAP education in First Nations, First Nations families’ perspective, housing issues, advocacy with health care professionals etc.
  • 5 chapters, with additional materials provided as suggested readings:
    1. Overview of RAP: an introduction to the RAP course and history of the RAP program.  In the course’s “Sharing Circle”, participants are asked to discuss how to maximize use of RAP in First Nations communities.
    2. Asthma 101: an introduction to the basics of asthma diagnosis, symptoms and management. Participants are asked to complete an asthma management knowledge self-assessment and to discuss how they would respond to five case studies of poor asthma control.
    3. Gathering Stories – from children, families and community: a collection of anecdotes from people affected by asthma, as well as more information on asthma management with an emphasis on community and family level management strategies. The Sharing Circle questions ask about identifying children’s and parents’ asthma needs.
    4. RAP Program: information about teaching skills, the RAP curriculum, games, role play exercises and The Legend of Tahnee, the Wolf: My Asthma Journey activity book. The Sharing Circle questions asks participants to assess their performance in the role play exercises.
    5. RAP up: participants are asked to complete a course satisfaction survey and final quiz.
  • Increasing non-text, interactive features including website links, cartoon narration, screen casts, Power point presentations, teleconferences, videoconferences and webinars.
  • Increasing content about general health including physical, emotional and spiritual health.
  • Adding tip sheets, screen casts, e-mails, teleconferences and other assistance to address technological issues.
  • Adding 10 videos showing RAP Instructors leading children in RAP activities and a further video showing Dené artist leading children in artistic activity about emotional aspect of asthma.