CDC’s National Asthma Control Program
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National Asthma Control Program
Asthma is a common disease that is on the rise. It has significant health disparities and associated health care costs. CDC has been working with states for more than 10 years to implement and evaluate community-based interventions, build community-based coalitions, and track the disease burden. As a result of CDC’s work, people with asthma control their disease and live healthier, more productive lives.
CDC is the only federal agency working with state health departments to:
The National Asthma Control Program funds 36 states and territories and 4 non-governmental organizations.
While prevalence has increased over the last 10 years, trends show that more people with asthma are controlling their disease:
Public Health in Action: Asthma Control in Louisiana, Michigan, and Illinois
A 12-year-old girl had multiple emergency department visits every year since her asthma diagnosis 2 years ago. She missed 32 days of school, and her mother lost her job because she missed too many work days due to her daughter’s asthma. After discharge from the case management service, the girl’s mother reported that her daughter “…did not miss one day of school this winter because of her breathing!” And the mother is again working full-time.
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More than 1,000 adults with asthma have been through the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. This program significantly reduces emergency department visits by 25% and increases an individual’s ability to manage their chronic disease. Studies have shown the cost-to-savings ratio for this program is approximately 1:4.
“Because of the Illinois Asthma Program, my son, age 4, now is getting treatment for his asthma. Without education and networking of the Illinois Asthma Partnership, my son’s asthma might have gone untreated. He was seen by his local health care provider and diagnosed with asthma and only placed on rescue medication. After a period of time, he was not getting better. I contacted the Illinois Asthma Program for assistance. He was seen by a health care provider and a certified asthma educator at a family clinic. They did appropriate testing, confirmed the diagnosis, wrote prescriptions, and wrote us an asthma action plan for school and daycare. He continues to do well. Without the awareness of the Asthma Partnership, a child would have fallen through the gaps. I now work as the asthma coordinator for a local asthma coalition.”