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Asthma: Home-based Multi-trigger, Multi-component Interventions

The Community Guide provides evidence-based recommendations regarding asthma control. Interventions that target a wide variety of asthma triggers through home visits are beneficial in improving asthma outcomes.

Asthma Self-Management Education Among Youths and Adults---United States, 2003

This September 7, 2007, article from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (56[35];912-915) provides a preliminary picture of the prevalence of asthma self-management education in the United States. The article suggests that the majority of adults and youths with current asthma would benefit from additional information and training.

Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project

CDC provided funding to seven inner-city sites under the Controlling Asthma in American Cities Project (CAACP) to support the translation of scientific advances in the treatment of asthma into innovative, comprehensive approaches to improve asthma control among urban children up to 18 years of age in underserved communities with a high asthma burden. These findings were published as “It Takes a Community: Controlling Asthma in American Cities” in the Journal of Urban Health.”

Evaluation of the ZAP Asthma Project [PDF - 1.28 MB]

The ZAP Asthma Project is a complex public-private partnership focusing on reducing the incidence of negative health outcomes associated with pediatric asthma. Its goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of environmental control and health education strategies to decrease asthma morbidity and mortality.

Healthy People—Respiratory Diseases Section

Healthy People is a statement of U.S. health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health, including asthma, and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

Initiating Change: Creating an Asthma-Friendly School

This site provides a toolkit to help advocates in schools and school districts persuade people in their schools and communities of the importance of asthma-friendly schools.

Key Clinical Activities for Quality Asthma Care: Recommendations of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program

MMWR March 28, 2003; 52(RR06):1-8. Available file format:

Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools

This guide from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides schools with information about planning or maintaining an asthma management program for their students with asthma.

Managing Asthma in Schools—What Have We Learned?

This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute cutting-edge publication provides information on developing, implementing, and evaluating school-based asthma programs.

Medicaid Contract Purchasing Specifications for Care of Individuals With Asthma

This site presents sample purchasing specifications for the purchase of services for people with asthma from managed care organizations by state agencies administering Medicaid, other state agencies, and other managed care purchasers.

Potentially Effective Interventions for Asthma

This site provides information on potentially effective interventions for asthma control, including methodology for identification of the interventions, results, lessons learned, information on the interventions themselves, a bibliography, and case studies of interventions.

School Health Index: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide

This site provides a tool that schools can use to improve school health and safety policies and programs.

Strategies for Addressing Asthma Within a Coordinated School Health Program

CDC identifies six strategies for schools and districts to consider when addressing asthma within a coordinated school health program.

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Data & Surveillance

Percents by Age, Sex, and Race, United States, 2012. Age: Child = 9.3%, Adult =  8.0%, Sex: Male = 7.0%, Female =  9.5%, Race/Ethnicity: White =  8.1%, Black =  11.9%, Hispanic =  7%. Source: National Health Interview Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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